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News stories posted in the last 60 days. For information about a story, contact Betsy Boynton.

USGS researcher participates in National Weather Service Wave Run-up Workshop

Joe Long (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) will travel to College Park, MD, July 12–13 to participate in a Wave Run-up Workshop being organized by the National Weather Service. The meeting will bring together weather forecasters and coastal researchers to discuss and evaluate on-going interagency efforts to build a national, operational model for wave runup.

posted: 2016-06-23

Image showing predictions for the future 15-year evolution of the restored Breton Island National Wildlife RefugeUSGS researchers present Breton Island modeling study results to FWS

On June 20, 2016, Joe Long and Soupy Dalyander (Research Oceanographers, SPCMSC), in collaboration with Coastal Engineering Consultants, Inc. (CEC), will present the Fish and Wildlife Service with results of a modeling study designed to predict the future 15-year evolution of the restored Breton Island National Wildlife Refuge. The study takes into account shoreline change rates, relative sea-level rise, and the impacts of tropical storms, and was developed to help resource managers responsible for making decisions about the restoration project.

posted: 2016-06-23

USGS researcher presents new dune erosion model at 35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering in Istanbul, Turkey

Joe Long (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) will be traveling to Istanbul, Turkey July 16–22, 2016 to present on-going USGS efforts to develop and test a new model for dune erosion. He will address researchers at the 35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering which is a biennial conference that aims to promote academic and technical exchange on coastal related studies covering a wide range of topics (http://icce2016.com/en/default.asp).

posted: 2016-06-23

USGS Lidar Analyst attends American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) LiDAR workshop in Apopka, Florida

Xan Fredericks (GIS / Lidar Analyst, SPCMSC) will be attending the Joint UF / FL-ASPRS / SJRWMD ASPRS Regions-sponsored LiDAR Workshop on June 29, 2016, in Apopka, Florida, as the Center's Lidar Coordinator and as a 3DEP Working Group committee member. The purpose of this workshop is to bring members of government, academic and private sectors together to discuss updates related to all aspects of LiDAR, with special interest in the USGS 3DEP program. Meeting topics include a USGS 3DEP briefing, Methods for LiDAR QC, and Water Management District Project updates.

posted: 2016-06-23

USGS researchers meet with National Park Service management to launch collaborative project for beach-recovery forecasting at Fire Island National Seashore

St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center scientists, Jennifer Miselis and Kathleen Wilson, and computer programmer, Richard Snell, and Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center scientist, Erika Lentz, will travel to Patchogue, New York next week. The group will meet with National Park Service (NPS) personnel and management team from Fire Island National Seashore on June 30. The meeting will launch a three-year collaborative project funded through the National Resource Preservation Program, aiming to forecast beach recovery using probabilistic networks. The work also aims to aid NPS decision-making at the National Seashore.

posted: 2016-06-23

USGS Scientist gives talk at Coastal Zone Canada Conference 2016 in Toronto, Canada

Hilary Stockdon (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) will be in Toronto, Canada, from June 13–15 to participate in the Coastal Zone Canada (CZC) Conference and to share the USGS National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards. The CZC Conference brings together individuals from around the world interested in all aspects of integrated ocean, coastal, lake and watershed management. Hilary will give a talk, 'A national assessment of coastal change hazards for the United States,' detailing the US approach to identifying, quantifying and modeling hazards associated with storms, sea level rise and coastal erosion.

posted: 2016-06-16

New USGS coastal change forecast model featured in Associated Press Big Story for June 11, 3016

SPCMSC Research Oceanographers Hilary Stockdon and Joe Long are interviewed in a June 11 Associated Press feature story 'High waves during storm? New forecast model tries to predict,' which discusses new operational forecasts of total water levels and potential coastal change. The article describes how the model has been used to forecast the impacts of high wave events in four pilot locations, such as Tropical Storm Colin that recently hit Florida. This is the first news story that has talked about, and talked to, potential users of these forecasts.

posted: 2016-06-16

Probabilities of collision, overwash, and inundation for Tropical Storm Colin in based on NHC Advisory 4, 0500 AM EDT Monday June 6, 2016.USGS National Assessment of Storm-Induced Coastal Change Hazards storm team launches rapid response to Tropical Storm Colin

The National Assessment of Storm-Induced Coastal Change Hazards (NACCH) storm team quickly mounted a response to Tropical Storm Colin, including online forecasts, beach surveys, and real-time social media posts, as the storm was soaking St. Petersburg and eroding the beaches. Within a few hours, the team had created forecasts of potential coastal erosion for Florida's west coast, operational forecasts of total water levels (TWL) in Pinellas County, and observations of coastal erosion and storm-induced water levels. Tropical Storm Colin was an excellent opportunity for the team to ground truth National Weather Service and USGS models in one of their four pilot sites and to strengthen relationships with local coastal managers and the St. Petersburg community.

posted: 2016-06-09

USGS Research Marine Biologist attends NSF-sponsored workshop on coral bleaching coinciding with 13th ICRS in Hawaiʻi

Ilsa Kuffner (Research Marine Biologist, SPCMSC) will be attending a NSF-sponsored workshop on coral bleaching as an invited participant just prior to the International Coral Reef Symposium in Oahu, Hawaiʻi. The purpose of the workshop is to convene a group of U.S. researchers to discuss current research and to deliver a white paper to NSF summarizing the most pressing research issues on the topic of coral bleaching. The researchers are also tasked with providing guidance on prioritization of research topics for the next five to ten years.

posted: 2016-06-09

USGS Research Marine Biologist quoted in Inside Climate News

Ilsa Kuffner (Research Marine Biologist, SPCMSC) is quoted in the June 8, 2016, Inside Climate News article, 'As Coral Bleaching Goes Global, Scientists Fear Worst Is Yet to Come.' The article describes the longest and most widespread coral bleaching event on record. According to the latest report from NOAA's Coral Reef Watch and other research, bleaching worldwide has reached reefs near at least 38 countries and island groups. Corals in the areas continuing to be affected by El Niño, including corals near Florida and in the Caribbean, will likely be hit hard again this summer.

posted: 2016-06-09

USGS scientists attend 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Oahu, Hawaiʻi

The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) is sanctioned by the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) and is the primary international meeting focused on coral-reef science and management. This year's Symposium will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 70 different nations. Researchers from USGS are well-represented, chairing sessions and giving talks, listed below.

Ilsa B. Kuffner (Research Marine Biologist) and Lauren T. Toth (Mendenhall Post-Graduate Fellow) are co-chairing Session 18 "Geology and Paleoecology as Tools to Decipher the Modern Coral-Reef Crisis." Kimberly K. Yates (Research Oceanographer) is co-chairing session 28B "Coral Reefs in Extreme, Compromised and Marginal Environments and Their Roles as Refugia–Low Diversity, Non-Reef and High Latitude Reef Systems." Christina Kellogg (Research Microbiologist) is co-chairing Session 29 "Mesophotic and Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems." Kuffner is also an elected council member of the International Society for Reef Studies and will be attending an ISRS council meeting during the conference.

Date/Time Scientist Name Session Title Description
6/20/2016
10:45 am Christina A. Kellogg 12. The coral reef microbiome and reef microbial interactions and changes Biogeographic Comparison of Lophelia-associated Bacterial Communities in the Western Atlantic Over the last decade, publications on deep-sea corals have tripled. Most attention has been paid to Lophelia pertusa, a globally distributed scleractinian coral that creates critical three-dimensional habitat in the deep ocean.
6/22/2016
10:00 am Lauren T. Toth 18. Geology and paleoecology as tools to decipher the modern coral-reef crisis Environmental Controls on the Development and Demise of Florida's Coral Reefs The extraordinary scale and magnitude of recent coral-reef degradation highlights the urgent need to better understand the long-term controls on reef decline and resilience. One way to gain insight into the future of coral-reef ecosystems is to evaluate their response to environmental disturbances in the past.
10:45 am Ilsa B. Kuffner 18. Geology and paleoecology as tools to decipher the modern coral-reef crisis Reef Construction and Deconstruction in the Florida Keys, U.S.A. Mirroring global trends, coral reefs in the Florida Keys have lost significant coral cover since the 1970s. The main reef-building process, coral calcification, has undoubtedly slowed on a region-wide scale resulting from declines in cover of massive head corals and the large, branching Acropora spp.
11:00 am Kimberly K. Yates 18. Geology and paleoecology as tools to decipher the modern coral-reef crisis Regional-scale Erosion of Modern Coral Reef Ecosystems Coral reefs serve as natural barriers that protect adjacent shorelines from coastal hazards such as storms, waves and erosion. Projections indicate global degradation of coral reefs due to anthropogenic impacts and climate change will cause a transition to net erosion by mid-century.

posted: 2016-06-09

USGS scientist briefs Congressional Coastal Communities Caucus on USGS coastal change hazards science

On June 1, Hilary Stockdon (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) will be in Washington, DC, to brief the Congressional Coastal Communities Caucus on USGS science and tools related to coastal change hazards. The briefing will cover current USGS research efforts for use by policy makers, emergency managers, and citizens to understand coastal hazards, and to take action to improve coastal resilience.

For more information, contact Hilary Stockdon, hstockdon@usgs.gov, 727-502-8074.
http://marine.usgs.gov/coastalchangehazards/
http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/

posted: 2016-05-26

Photograph of the authors holding Acropora cervicornis dating to several centuries ago from Crocker Reef, Florida, and a typical specimen from today’s reefs in the western AtlanticMarine Biologist and Geologist publish review article on the degradation and conservation of western Atlantic coral reefs

Ilsa Kuffner (Research Marine Biologist) and Lauren Toth (Mendenhall Fellow) of the St. Petersburg Coastal & Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) published a review article entitled "A geological perspective on the degradation and conservation of western Atlantic coral reefs" in the resource-management focused journal, Conservation Biology. The article highlights the importance of geologic processes and geomorphologic structure of reefs in providing ecosystem services such as coastline protection and habitat for fisheries. The authors provide justification for adding direct measurement of biophysical processes to ecologically focused monitoring programs to achieve a more effective and balanced approach to managing coral reefs. The publication is available open-access through the journal's website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cobi.12725/abstract

posted: 2016-05-17

USGS Scientist involved in rollout of National Microbiome Initiative

Dr. Christina Kellogg (Research Microbiologist, SPCMSC) represented the USGS at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's debut of the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) in Washington, DC on May 13, 2016. The event brought together key Federal and non-Federal representatives to highlight new efforts and actions to advance microbiome applications for areas such as health care, food safety and security, environmental protection, and bioenergy production. The event was livestreamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live and a fact sheet describing past and future commitments was released. The goals of the NMI include supporting interdisciplinary research, developing platform technologies, and expanding the microbiome workforce.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/documents/OSTP%20National%20Microbiome%20Initiative%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf.

posted: 2016-05-17

USGS Scientists conduct ocean acidification and microbiome research in Virgin Islands National Park

May 16–26th St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) researchers Kim Yates and Christina Kellogg will join Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC) ecologist Caroline Rogers to further characterize mangrove habitats that are providing a coral refuge from solar radiation, thermal stress, and ocean acidification. They will be assisted in their work by Nathan Smiley and Legna Torres-Garcia (SPCMSC) and a team of undergraduate volunteers from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida.

posted: 2016-05-11

Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts - toolKITUSGS researcher reviews European Union coastal risk project

The European Union is funding a 4-year project that will develop methods, tools, and management approaches to reduce risk and increase resilience to low-frequency, high-impact hydro-meteorological events in the coastal zone. The project held its annual review meeting in Faro, Portugal, 18–20 April, and Nathaniel Plant (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) served as one of the reviewers. The project is making excellent progress developing medium- and high-resolution risk assessment models and developing social-science methods to translate the risk assessments to managers and the general public in 10 different European countries. The project has many similarities to the USGS National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards project.

Links:
http://www.risckit.eu/np4/home.html
http://marine.usgs.gov/coastalchangehazardsportal

posted: 2016-05-11

Scientists bring the the Gulf of Mexico Sediment Trap on board in April, 2016USGS researchers participate in successful 18th recovery of the Gulf of Mexico Sediment Trap Project

This has been an exciting time of year for the Gulf of Mexico Sediment Trap Project. In the beginning of May, 2016, USGS scientists Caitlin Reynolds and Julie Richey, along with collaborators from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of South Carolina, had a successful 18th recovery of the ongoing Sediment Trap. While onboard, the team also collected live foraminifera from plankton tows and conducted water column sampling to collect in situ suspended and dissolved particulate samples at various depths for a new study. The trap will be redeployed soon and will continue collecting data.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Reynolds (SPCMSC Geologist), creynolds@usgs.gov, 727-502-8046,
or Julie Richey (SPCMSC Research Geologist), jrichey@usgs.gov, 727-502-8123.

posted: 2016-05-11

An individual Gt. truncatulinoides after ablating spots on each chamber for Laser ablation ICP-MS analysis.USGS researchers use new laser ablation technique to analyze forams at Davis Stable Isotope Laboratory

At the end of April 2016, the USGS scientists visited the University of California at Davis Stable Isotope Laboratory. While there, they used a new laser ablation technique for analyzing Mg/Ca and other trace elements on individual foraminifera and even individual chamber analysis on the samples collected from the Gulf of Mexico Sediment Trap. The ultimate goal is to develop a Mg/Ca based sea-surface temperature (SST) calibration on Gt. truncatulinoides and better understand how to use this species to reconstruct water column structure.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Reynolds (SPCMSC Geologist), creynolds@usgs.gov, 727-502-8046,
or Julie Richey (SPCMSC Research Geologist), jrichey@usgs.gov, 727-502-8123.

posted: 2016-05-11

SPCMSC researchers shown sampling water on cover of NWAMC newsletterUSGS researchers featured on cover of water quality newsletter

The National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) reached out to St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) for images to feature on the cover of the 12th edition of their online newsletter, National Water Monitoring News. The intention was to spotlight SPCMSC research for NWAMC's upcoming 10th National Monitoring Conference in Tampa, Florida, May 2–6, 2015. The cover images show SPCMSC researchers Christina Kellogg and Christopher Smith engaged in water sampling.

Link: http://acwi.gov/monitoring/newsletter/national_monitoring_news_spring2016.pdf

posted: 2016-05-05

Map showing AMLC member locationsUSGS Research Oceanographer participates in AMLC 2016 board meeting in the Turks & Caicos Islands

In his role as a board member, Dave Zawada (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) will be participating in the annual Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC) 2016 board meeting, held this year from 5/12–5/15 in Cockburn Harbour, Turks & Caicos. AMLC is a confederation of 33 marine research, education, and resource management institutions endeavoring to encourage the production and exchange of research and resource management information, advance the cause of marine and environmental education in the region, and facilitate cooperation and mutual assistance among its membership.

posted: 2016-05-05

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