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Seagrass meadows provide food for marine herbivores and nursey habitats for many fish species.

Hungry herbivores threaten subtropical seagrass meadows

Tropical herbivores, which are on the move due to ocean warming, could harm subtropical seagrass meadows that are less resilient to overgrazing.

February 28, 2024Research and Innovation

Environmental shot of Tampa Bay.

USF to tackle environmental challenges through new initiative with Tampa Bay Wave and the St. Petersburg Innovation District

The BlueTech|X Accelerator will bring together small businesses and entrepreneurs pioneering solutions for some of the nation’s most pressing environmental concerns through technologies, products and services that address climate resiliency needs.

February 21, 2024Community Partnerships, Research and Innovation, Sustainability

CRESCENDO team after concert

An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students turn environmental impact data into music

USF Anthropologist Heather O’Leary turned her coastal impact data into music that people could understand and enjoy. The project, CRESCENDO, is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students working together to create and disseminate moving music about the environment.

February 20, 2024Campus News, Research and Innovation, Sustainability

St. Pete Science Festival school day

St. Petersburg Science Festival & MarineQuest returns with exciting new STEM and art exhibits

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.

February 7, 2024Community Partnerships, Events, Research and Innovation

Journalism student documents marine science out at sea.

Ocean research cruise trains tomorrow’s marine scientists through hands-on fieldwork

Oceanographic education and research combined for students aboard the five-day CORE cruise on the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s R/V Weatherbird II.

December 15, 2023Research and Innovation

The International Ocean Colour Science Meeting nutured a strong global community for applied ocean color science.

Ocean color science meeting draws experts from around the world to St. Petersburg

Hundreds of scientists from around the world gathered in St. Petersburg to discuss the latest advances in the fields of ocean optics and remote sensing at the International Ocean Colour Science Meeting 2023 hosted by the USF College of Marine Science.

November 21, 2023Events, Research and Innovation

Coral health veterinarians assess corals to clear them for return at Keys Marine Laboratory.

Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Keys Marine Laboratory, hosted by USF, to return rescued corals back to the sea

After housing more than 5,000 rescued corals for three months due to unprecedented water temperatures off the coast of Florida, the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Keys Marine Laboratory is now ready to return corals to the sea.

October 30, 2023Research and Innovation

The new grant aims to monitor and forecast Sargassum blooms such as this one that inundated a beach on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Photo by Mark Yokoyama.

USF College of Marine Science to lead $3.2-million grant to develop Sargassum forecasting system

Researchers will use satellite, hydrographic and water-quality data to better forecast sargassum blooms and prevent them from plaguing coastal communities.

October 24, 2023Research and Innovation

Education and research combined for students aboard a five-day cruise on the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s R/V Weatherbird II.

Students conduct science at sea

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

Coral recovery at Keys Marine Lab

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

Western Flyer unveiling event photo

Ship granted to USF will enhance Florida Institute of Oceanography’s efforts to build a robust ocean science and maritime workforce

After a 4,000-mile journey, a 117-foot twin-hulled ship granted to USF is docked at its new home port in St. Petersburg, where it will be operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography to offer transformative opportunities for students to explore and advance the field of ocean science.

July 12, 2023Campus News, Events

Sea urchin die off.

Scientists identify 2022 sea urchin killer

The search for the 2022 killer that decimated the long-spined sea urchin population in the Caribbean and along Florida’s east coast is over. A team organized by a USF College of Marine Science researcher identified a single-celled organism called a ciliate as the cause of a massive die-off event.

April 19, 2023Research and Innovation

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