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The St. Petersburg Science Festival and MarineQuest returned with more hands-on activities than ever before, including a mobile aquarium, seagrass maze and a shark show utilizing virtual reality. The event aims to inspire creativity, engage curiosity and deepen knowledge of science and the arts.
Education and research combined for students aboard a five-day cruise on the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s R/V Weatherbird II, giving them the opportunity to apply skills they’ve learned in the classroom to hands-on field studies at sea.
September 20, 2023Research and Innovation
USF/FIO’s Keys Marine Laboratory to house thousands of corals to mitigate impact from historic ocean heat wave
As unprecedented heat waves and escalating water temperatures in South Florida create a massive coral bleaching event, the Keys Marine Laboratory is quickly stepping in to house thousands of coral in an attempt to save them.
July 24, 2023Research and Innovation
Shiv Shukla, a graduate student in conservation biology, is studying a snake fungal disease found in Florida. See what he plans to do with the findings inside the herpetology lab at USF, where Shukla tests the venomous and non-venomous snakes.
Brown widow spiders are seeking out and killing their black widow relatives, a surprising twist in the natural relationship between species of spiders known for their venomous bites, according to a new study by USF researchers.
March 13, 2023Research and Innovation
Kierstyn Benjamin shares her story of how she noticed a small, distressed manatee in Bayboro Harboro and acted quickly, playing a major part in rescuing the animal right near campus.
January 26, 2023Campus News
While pursuing dual degrees in Biology and Health Sciences, producing a podcast on race and equity and working as a resident assistant (RA), Alexia Castellon was also worrying about her family in Fort Myers, who evacuated to a shelter during Hurricane Ian.
December 6, 2022Campus News
Biology professor who made midlife career change gives $1 million estate gift to USF St. Petersburg campus
Deby Cassill credits the USF St. Petersburg campus with giving her the opportunity to explore her passion for science, trading in a nearly 20-year career in health care to become a biology professor. Now she is providing the institution with a $1 million estate gift to aid the next generation of aspiring biologists.
USF professor discovers new species while part of team studying impact of oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico
Associate Professor Heather Judkins will continue her studies of cephalopods, such as octopus and squid, on July 26 as part of a team of scientists aboard the R/V Point Sur for a 12-day research cruise around the Gulf of Mexico. The group is studying the long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
July 20, 2022Research and Innovation
A study by Stanford University placed four faculty members from USF’s St. Petersburg campus among the top 2 percent of scientists in the world.
February 25, 2022Research and Innovation
For the fall 2021 semester, the University of South Florida enrolled 62 National Merit Scholars, the highest numbers ever for an incoming class.
August 31, 2021Campus News
The cold-blooded, scaly creatures are often thought of as solitary, uncaring or asocial. In reality, experts believe they communicate extensively with one another and hunt, feed, court, mate, nest and hatch in groups.
August 9, 2021Research and Innovation