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USF geoscientist creates oceanic tracking model to urge investigators to revive search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight

USF geoscientist creates oceanic tracking model to urge investigators to revive search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight

The new method can reconstruct the drift path and origin of debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing over the Indian Ocean with 239 passengers onboard.

August 23, 2023Research and Innovation

Hurricane hunting to beach erosion: USF prepares next generation for weather-related expertiseUniversity of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Hurricane hunting to beach erosion: USF prepares next generation for weather-related expertise

Students traveled throughout the Tampa Bay region to gather an interdisciplinary perspective on the social and physical impacts of severe weather and climate-related disasters.

August 3, 2023Research and Innovation

Power grid failure simulation

USF researchers work to create a safer, more prepared Florida for hurricane season

From testing new structural materials that can better withstand natural disasters to identifying gaps in emergency management, USF is investigating solutions to many of the horrors faced during storms like Hurricane Ian.

June 6, 2023Research and Innovation

Aerial view of wetlands in Alaska, near Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks | Photo by: Mark Rains

USF and EPA collaborate to improve nationwide water quality and management

Researchers developed a new classification system that will help improve methods for targeting wetland restoration and protection. 

April 20, 2023Research and Innovation

Matthew Pasek holding a fulgurite

USF geoscientist discovers new phosphorus material after New Port Richey lightning strike

Due to a chemical reaction caused by a lightning strike, a new phosphorus material developed for the first time in solid form on Earth.

April 11, 2023Research and Innovation

Students setting up radar at volcano

Mitigating volcano hazards: USF students and alumna travel to Hawaii to study Mauna Loa eruption

With a rare instrument, the USF team is analyzing data from the Mauna Loa eruption to better understand lava flows to help mitigate dangers.

December 19, 2022Research and Innovation

Former USF geosciences graduate student Michelle Saunders surveys individuals evacuating during Hurricane Irma in 2017

USF geoscientists deploy to study evacuation behavior ahead of Hurricane Ian

As the Tampa Bay region prepares for Hurricane Ian, a team of researchers is on the road to collect data on how individuals respond in a natural disaster.

September 26, 2022Research and Innovation

USF professor tackles Florida's water resource challenges

USF professor tackles Florida's water resource challenges

Mark Rains, professor of geology in the USF School of Geosciences and the state’s chief science officer, is using his expertise in hydrological sciences to understand how stakeholders use shared water resources and then as a team, how we might rebuild some of the original water flow paths into Florida's modern landscape.

August 11, 2022Community Partnerships

Professional divers were trained to search for phreatic overgrowth on speleothems underwater.

Hidden in caves: Mineral overgrowths reveal unprecedented modern sea-level rise

University of South Florida geology professor discovers the industrial boom’s impact on global warming.

June 30, 2022Research and Innovation

Florida Horse Conch

Florida's state shell at higher risk of extinction than previously thought

The Florida horse conch – one of the world’s largest invertebrate animals – has become symbolic of Florida’s natural resources and widely used in advertising for the state’s tourism industry. But unregulated commercial harvesting and recreational live collection are pushing populations closer to collapse.

April 6, 2022Research and Innovation

Mark Rains

Gov. Ron DeSantis appoints USF geoscientist as state’s chief science officer

Professor and Director of the USF School of Geosciences Mark Rains has been appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to lead the Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency, a division of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

March 31, 2021University News

An aerial image of the carbonate coastal morphology in Mallorca

USF-led international geosciences team reconstructs 6.5 million years of sea level stands in the Western Mediterranean

The geological features in caves from Mallorca provide scientific insights for understanding modern-day sea level changes.

January 21, 2021Research and Innovation

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