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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

Mark Rains smiling outside with long grass and trees in the background.

Mark Rains

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, 2022University News

Portrait of Sarah Sheffield

Sarah Sheffield

As an evolutionary paleobiologist, Sarah Sheffield uses fossils dating back 450 million years to understand how organisms have changed through time. “We can take a look at the past, to better understand our present and to better understand our future,” said Sheffield, assistant professor of geology and paleobiology in USF’s School of Geosciences.

July 4, 2022University News

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

A stock photo of Pululagua in Ecuador

USF volcanology team develops new approach to understanding massive volcanic eruptions

A USF geosciences team has developed a new way to reconstruct the sizes of volcanic eruptions that occurred thousands of years ago, creating a first-of-its kind tool that can aid scientists in understanding past explosive eruptions that shaped the earth and improve the way of estimating hazards of future eruptions.

January 4, 2021Research and Innovation

A photograph of a hurricane from space

Study investigates hurricane evacuations in the era of COVID-19

The 2020 hurricane season is breaking records with 23 named storms, and more are projected to develop over the next few weeks. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts there will be as many as 25 by the time the season ends. Researchers say this extremely active forecast is especially troublesome due to the compounding risks of COVID-19.

September 21, 2020COVID-19, Research and Innovation

The second shaft of the Monte Conca cave

USF researchers find human-driven pollution alters the environment even underground

The Monte Conca cave system on the island of Sicily is a vast system of springs and pools, sitting below a nature preserve. It might be presumed to be one of the few places untouched by human-driven pollution.

May 7, 2020Research and Innovation

Island of Maui

U.S. Supreme Court sides with environmentalists, scientists in Clean Water Act ruling

Last year, USF School of Geosciences Chair Mark Rains was part of a group of scientific experts who filed a legal brief in a crucial U.S. Supreme Court Case challenging the Clean Water Act’s ability to stem pollution flowing through ground water into oceans, lakes and rivers.

April 27, 2020Research and Innovation

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