St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
SPCMSC energy savings accomplishments presented to St. Petersburg municipal officials
In early February, Peter Betzer brought the attention of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, Inc., to the SPCMSC energy report. This report is a testimonial to possibilities in sustainable and cost-efficient business practices. The Downtown Partnership considers the energy-saving efforts implemented by David Brett, leasing company agent, and Frank Derkovitz, SPCMSC facilities engineer, a noteworthy achievement in management. The SPCMSC Campus is a federally leased facility that includes the renovated historic Studebaker Building. The report was also shared with newly elected Mayor of St. Petersburg, FL, Rick Kriseman.posted: 2014-02-27
Research vessel outfitting in SPCMSC 'backyard'
In early February, the E/V Nautilus docked in the Port of St. Petersburg, less than 0.8 km from the SPCMSC Center, for an overhaul of its complex data and communication systems. Led by Robert Ballard of the Ocean Exploration Trust, the Nautilus is on a mission to do sea-floor mapping of the submerged United States territories. The crew of 47 is expected to depart St. Petersburg in April or May for mapping in the Pacific Ocean. Ballard and the USGS have a long history of cooperation, from his early days in the mid-1970's at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to a 2013 cooperative study of Geohazards off Puerto Rico looking at cyclicity of offshore landslide deposits.
For information about the E/V Nautilus's current stay in St. Petersburg, see: http://tbo.com/pinellas-county/starting-from-st-pete-explorers-nautilus-will-map-pacific-20140208/
To see a 1979 USGS Field Metadata sheet about a cruise to the East Pacific Rise, visit: http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/infobank/m/m179np/html/m-1-79-np.meta.htmlposted: 2014-02-27
SPCMSC Oceanographer leads continuing fieldwork for Coral Reef Ecosystems Studies (CREST) project
From March 11–18, SPCMSC Oceanographer Dave Zawada will be leading a research team to Crocker Reef off Islamorada in the Florida Keys, the CREST-II study site. The team of 3 will be downloading six months of temperature and irradiance data from an array of instrumented-moorings, as well as changing batteries and performing necessary maintenance. Other SPCMSC staff on the team are Nate Smiley and Chris Moore. CREST stands for the Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies project and involves a blend of process and monitoring activities relevant to understanding the health and resilience of shallow water reef environments.
For an overview of the CREST project, visit: http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/crest/posted: 2014-02-20
SPCMSC Scientist to participate in Fish and Wildlife Internal Training Seminar on Climate Change
On Feb 26th, SPCMSC Research Ecologist Ilsa Kuffner will speak as part of a Florida Adapts, an internal Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) training program on climate change effects on Florida marine ecosystems. The training is a follow-on to the 2011 FWC Climate Change Certification of Completion. At least 44 people are expected to attend the training session. Ilsa's presentation, one of three 25-minute talks, is titled "Climate Change and Florida's Coral Reefs." The talks will be held in the Florida Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) Building in St. Petersburg, FL from 12:30 pm–2:30 pm.posted: 2014-02-20
Chris Reich takes over SPCMSC Marine Ops Management
On February 12, Christopher Reich announced that he has officially taken over as the Facilities and Marine Operations Manager for the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC). One of Chris's first actions is to offer the motorboat safety course, Marine Operator's Certification Course (MOCC) for new staff who need to be certified and for others to be recertified. For local staff, Chris can be reached in Room A254, or from outside the building via email at email@example.com: 2014-02-20
SPCMSC Staff to Attend 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting
From February 23–28, four scientists from SPCMSC Center, P. Soupy Dalyander, Joseph Long, Christina Kellogg, and David Zawada will be giving talks, presenting posters, and co-chairing sessions at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. USF–USGS Graduate Assistantship awardee Kaitlyn Lizza is also a lead author. The meeting is co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Association for Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), and The Oceanography Society (TOS).
Lizza, K. E., Zawada, D. G., Hine, A. C., Comparison of the Historical and Current Distribution of Acropora Cervicornis in Relation to Climatic Parameters and Habitat Characteristics: 2/26 Poster 2941
For more information on the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting, visit: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/default.aspposted: 2014-02-20
SPCMSC Staff Release Report of Results for Modeling Oil/Sand Movement from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
On February 6, USGS announced the publication of an analysis of a computer model to track the movement of sand/oil mixtures from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The article, "Dalyander, P.S., Long, J.W., Plant, N.P., and Thompson, D.M., Assessing mobility and redistribution patterns of sand and oil agglomerates in the surf zone" was published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin. In addition, the USGS press release cited the outputs of the modeling results in an Open-File Report, OFR 2012-1234. This effort has been a unique opportunity to leverage Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) expertise to inform a complex, time-sensitive, and applied problem. Knowledge gaps identified in this project provide future research opportunities for better response to oil spills and other applied problems in the nearshore.
To read the Marine Pollution Bulletin article, visit: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X14000058
An additional reference to the possible range of oil mat formation, has been published as Appendix D of the Operational Science Advisory Team Report III (OSAT3) report: http://www.restorethegulf.gov/release/2014/01/15/operational-science-advisory-team-report-iii
The USGS press release can be viewed at: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3795&from=rss_homeposted: 2014-02-13
SPCMSC Scientist to present at Interagency Meeting on Coastal Resilience
On February 21, SPCMSC Coastal Geologist Cheryl Hapke is presenting an overview of USGS efforts related to coastal resiliency for a meeting at the USACE (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Headquarters on G St. in Washington, D.C. Other agencies participating in the meeting on coastal resilience include various branches of the USACE, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Science Foundation.posted: 2014-02-13
Woods Hole Research Oceanographer to speak at SPCMSC
On February 18 at 1 pm in the Normile Conference Room, Neil Ganju, an oceanographer from the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC), will speak on "High-resolution observations and numerical modeling to evaluate estuarine habitat resilience: Recent work from the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center." Neil will present an overview of his work on the following three projects:
Center celebrates lab space for new GC/MS instrument
On February 7, a new lab space created to house the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center’s (SPCMSC) new Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) was shown to the staff in an impromptu Open House. Over 30 staff members came to see the 320 sq. ft. space, which was made into a lab out of existing hallways and unused lab space by facilities engineer Frank Derkovitz. Molly McLaughlin, lab manager, supervised the construction and organized the Open House. The GC/MS will initially be operated by newly-arrived SPCMSC geochemist, Julie Richey, to analyse biomarker proxy signals for environmental change in lacustrine, coastal, and deep sea sediments.posted: 2014-02-13
USGS scientists judge 2014 Pinellas Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Six volunteers from the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) participated as judges during the Pinellas Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Seminole Middle School on Saturday, February 8, 2014 (See Highlight of 2014-01-22). Science fair judges interviewed students and evaluated more than 200 projects submitted by middle and high school students in a variety of categories. USGS participants evaluated projects in the environmental science and the earth and space science categories, nominating projects for 'Best in Fair' as well as for the upcoming State Science Fair competition which will be held in Lakeland, Florida. Scientists and staff participating in the 2014 Fair included Kira Barrera, Theresa Burress, Dale Griffin, Christian Haller, Jack Kindinger, and Ellen Raabe.posted: 2014-02-13
SPCMSC Researcher to talk at Florida Beach Conference on Lessons from Hurricane Sandy
On February 12, SPCMSC scientist Kara Doran will present a talk in the opening session at the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology in Stuart, Fla. Kara, a co-author along with Cheryl Hapke, is stepping in for Hilary Stockdon, who is the lead author. The talk will highlight the center's involvement in research following Hurricane Sandy: "Lessons from Hurricane Sandy: Science to Inform Coastal Management."
For more information on the National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology, visit: http://www.fsbpa.com/tech-conference.htmlposted: 2014-02-06
NRL Post-Doc and former SPCMSC Intern to give Seminar on Dune Modelling
On February 7th, Meg Palmsten, a National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), will give her rescheduled seminar in the SPCMSC Normile Conference Room on Modeling Dune Response to an East Coast Low. Last week’s initial date had to be rescheduled due to a snowstorm. Meg worked with the SPCMSC Hurricane Group under Abby Sallenger as an undergraduate. Subsequently, Meg worked in a doctoral program at Oregon State University under Dr. Robert Holman.
To see a sample of Meg’s earlier work with the USGS on Hurricane Isabel visit: http://soundwaves.usgs.gov/2003/11/fieldwork2.htmlposted: 2014-02-06
Retired International Petroleum Geologist speaks to SPCMSC Center about Climate Change
On January 22nd at 1:00 pm in the SPCMSC Normile Conference Room, Kress DeGroot, a geochemist recently retired from Royal Dutch Shell, spoke to an audience of about 40 USGS (U.S. Geological Survey)/USFSP (University of South Florida St. Petersburg) staff and students on "Climate change and what to do about it" Sponsored by retired coral geologist, Eugene Shinn, Kress spoke about data concerning CO2, sea level, and temperature. Kress discussed that since the last Ice Age, the Earth has warmed considerably and sea level has risen at least 120 meters. During the last century, global warming occurred until 1940, followed by global cooling until 1975, then warming resumed from 1975 to 1998. Now that global temperature has not followed the model predictions for over 15 years, ocean acidification is becoming a more important topic. For more information or to forward questions to Dr. DeGroot, please contact Eugene Shinn, 727-553-1158.posted: 2014-02-06
SPCMSC Senior Scientist recognized for service on MOSI board
In January, 2014, SPCMSC Oceanographer Lisa Robbins rotated off from the Board of Directors of the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Fla. MOSI Director Wit Ostrenko and Vice President of Development Molly Demeulenaere acknowledged Robbins for her eleven years of service to the Board. In 2007, Lisa was instrumental in connecting the USGS with Disasterville, a permanent 10,000 sq. ft. exhibit that explores the science behind natural disasters. In 2009, MOSI was the Gold Medal Winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for museums. During Lisa's tenure, the museum has grown from 210,000 sq. ft. to over 400,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, making it the largest science museum in the Southeastern U.S.
For more information about Lisa's appointment to the MOSI board and the Disasterville exhibit, see the following Soundwaves articles:posted: 2014-01-30
SPCMSC Scientists give Tour to Provost Scholar's Marine Science Undergraduates
USGS scientists spoke about ongoing coastal and marine science research on January 22 to 3 undergraduate students and 2 graduate students who are interested in pursuing marine science as a career. The tour was part of a professional development day organized by the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science. The students are participating in USF's Provost Scholar's Program, which is an accelerated program that allows goal-oriented students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate program in three years and pursue their graduate education and career goals. Theresa Burress (Librarian) provided an overview of USGS and discussed current natural hazards, climate, and ecosystem research at the Center. The students also met with Ilsa Kuffner (Research Ecologist) to learn more about current coral reef monitoring efforts and Mike Gray (Microbiologist) to learn about deep-sea coral microbial ecology projects.posted: 2014-01-30
SPCMSC Scientists to answer Coring Questions via Voice Recorder with Brookline, Mass. Middle School Students
On January 19, 2014, an 8th grade science teacher from Brookline, Massachusetts, asked SPCMSC staff members Kyle Kelso and Nancy DeWitt whether they would be willing to do a short interview to discuss their work using coring to help reconstruct ancient environments, and to explain how this helps to create better climate models for the future. The class collected their own sediment cores during the fall of 2013 at a local Massachusetts lake—with mixed success—and had some follow-up questions for the scientists. On January 27, Kyle and Nancy received a series of 5 questions from the students about both the vibracoring equipment and how the sediment data obtained is used to interpret past climate. Kyle and Nancy will respond to the interview questions by the end of the month, using online voice recording software.posted: 2014-01-30
USGS and SPCMSC Research continues to be referenced in SLR discussions
"The Flood Next Time" a frequently cited article by Justin Gillis published in the Environment section of the New York Times on January 14, focuses on continuing research into Sea Level Rise (SLR) in lower Manhattan. The article describes the importance of the tide gauge originally emplaced in the Battery section of New York City in the 1850's. The article emphasizes the central tenant of the Hotspot paper authored by SPCMSC researchers Sallenger, Howd, and Doran that localities on the Northeastern US coast will likely feel the impacts of relative SLR more than other coastal areas. Gillis mentions other likely sources of increased relative SLR including glacial rebound, and a meteor impact in the Chesapeake Bay area also revealed by USGS research.
To view the Flood Next Time article see: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/14/science/earth/grappling-with-sea-level-rise-sooner-not-later.html?action=click&contentCollection=Environment®ion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article
The Sallenger, Howd, and Doran Hotspot article can be viewed at: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v2/n12/full/nclimate1597.htmlposted: 2014-01-30
USGS Researcher Presents Poster at Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Ecosystem Science Conference
From January 27-29, USGS scientist Patricia Dalyander (Soupy) will attend the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in Mobile, AL. Co-authored with USGS scientists J. Long, N. Plant, and D. Thompson, Soupy will present the poster "Estimating the Potential Cross-shore Distribution of Oil Mat Formation in the Surf Zone during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill." The poster covers work chartered by the Deepwater Horizon Federal On-Scene Coordinator as part of the Operational Science Advisory Team (OSAT3) effort. USGS scientists developed and applied a numerical model-based methodology for analyzing the depths at which oil and sand could have mixed during the Deepwater Horizon blowout to form the heavier-than-water oil/sand mats in the surf zone that persisted in causing beach re-oiling for a couple of years after the spill.
For more information on the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Science Conference, see: http://gulfofmexicoconference.orgposted: 2014-01-22
USGS Researcher Will Judge Pinellas Regional Science Fair
On February 8, USGS mircrobiologist Dale Griffin will act as one of a panel of approximately 30 science judges for the 2014 Pinellas Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The fair, held at Seminole Middle School from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, is expected to draw over 175 entrants from both middle school and high school. Out of this group, twenty-four students will be chosen to participate in the regional science fair held in Lakeland, Fla. Projects are grouped into 14 categories, including microbiology, environmental science, and earth and space science. For earlier USGS experience with the fair, see http://soundwaves.usgs.gov/2002/03/outreach9.html.posted: 2014-01-22
USGS Geologist hosts USCOE Research Director to speak on 500-year Hurricane History
USGS Geologist Cheryl Hapke invited Jesse McNinch, director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USCOE) Field Research Facility in Duck, NC, to speak at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science Seminar Series. Jesse will speak on Thursday, 1/23, at 3:30 pm in the Marine Science Laboratory Conference room about "A 500-yr, high-resolution hurricane history from St. Croix, USVI suggests sensitivity to ENSO (El-Niño Southern Oscillation) and AMO (Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation)." Jesse's expertise is in applying observational techniques in shallow water coastal environments to understanding processes driving coastal change. Jesse has worked with Cheryl Hapke on her Pre-Sandy research at Fire Island, NY, and will continue with the supplement-funded Post-Sandy research.posted: 2014-01-22
USGS Scientist part of team that wins prestigious DOI Partners in Conservation Award
On January 16, the Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI), Sally Jewell, presented Partners in Conservation awards to 20 public-private partnerships at the main Interior auditorium. The award recognizes outstanding examples of conservation legacies achieved when DOI engages groups and individuals representing a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and interests to work collaboratively to renew lands and resources. Among the 20 groups nominated, USGS microbiologist Christina Kellogg participated with the USGS DISCOVRE team as part of the "Atlantic Canyons Pathways to the Abyss", Mid-Atlantic Region/International. The "Pathways to the Abyss" award represented a diverse array of partners including Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and USGS; the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; nine universities and colleges, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; and four other private research organizations, museums and institutes. The partners collaborated on the use of robotic underwater vehicles and other cutting-edge tools to discover and research deep-water coral habitats.
For more information, see the DOI press release: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/secretary-jewell-presents-2013-partners-in-conservation-awards.cfmposted: 2014-01-22
Paper on Coral Classification by Fluorescence published by USGS author
On January 15, USGS geologist Dave Zawada published a paper in PloS One entitled Fluorescence-Based Classification of Caribbean Coral Reef Organisms and Substrates. In it Dave demonstrates the effectiveness of using fluorescence spectra to classify organisms and substrates commonly found in Caribbean coral reef communities.posted: 2014-01-22
Photos from USGS Researcher featured in New International Book on Marine Aquaria
A new hardcover German book, "Meeresaquaristik: Probleme vermeiden erkennen lösen" (Marine Aquaria: Solving visible problems) by Dieter Brockmann was published in November, 2013, using several photographs of coral disease taken by USGS Research Microbiologist Christina Kellogg. Dr. Brockman discovered the photos while browsing the online gallery of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies web page and contacted Dr. Kellogg for permission to include them in his book.
To see a gallery of the USGS black-band disease photos, vist: http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/crest/research-themes/gallery/blackband.htmlposted: 2014-01-08
Fire Island Web Site Described in Environmental Newsletter
On December 30, 2013, the Environmental Monitor published an article written by Alex Card describing the new website authored by USGS Geologist Cheryl Hapke about current and recent research and findings of coastal behavior at Fire Island, NY, including impacts of Hurricane Sandy. The Environmental Monitor is an online newsletter featuring application and technology news for environmental professionals. The article emphasized how the website is a new type of product that the USGS is developing as an approach to make USGS research more accessible to the general public.
To view the article, visit:http://www.fondriest.com/news/fire-island.htm
To see the USGS Fire Island web site, visit http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/fire-island/posted: 2014-01-08