St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
SPCMSC Coastal Geologist speaks at Long Island Natural History Conference
On Friday, December 6, Cheryl Hapke (SPCMSC) will speak to the Long Island Natural History Conference at 10 am for a 45-minute talk, 'Coastal Response to Hurricane Sandy at Fire Island, NY'. The conference is being held in the Berkner Auditorium of Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. Cheryl's talk, the lead talk listed in the program, will be about the profound morphologic changes to the beach and dune system at Fire Island before and after the storm and will also explore the long term (decade to century) behavior of the system and regional geology.posted: 2013-12-05
SPCMSC Scientists participate in Great American Teach-In
Scientists from USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center shared their enthusiasm for a diverse array of science careers with students at ten different schools during the Great American Teach-In, an annual event that is held at schools across the Tampa Bay area during the week of November 18. Ten scientists led interactive activities related to chemistry, Florida geology, coastal hurricane impacts, and microscopic investigations, showcasing the variety of ongoing research in St. Petersburg. Participating scientists and staff included Kira Barrera, P. Soupy Dalyander, Kara Doran, Jen Flannery, Sharon Gilberg, Paul Knorr, Kathy Pegram, Nathaniel Plant, Kathryn Smith, and Dave Thompson.posted: 2013-11-27
SPCMSC Scientists Invited to First International Workshop on Coastal Subsidence
USGS scientists Jack Kindinger (SPCMSC), James Flocks (SPCMSC), Devin Galloway (WMA, WSFT), and Don Cahoon (PWRC) were invited to attend the 1st International Workshop on Coastal Subsidence, November 19-21, 2013, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The workshop was hosted by the state of Louisiana’s Water Institute of the Gulf and sponsored by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Tulane University, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Deltares, and the USGS. Over 40 scientists from around the world with a wide range of expertise in subsidence related issues attended the workshop. Case studies from diverse coastal areas, including the Mississippi River Delta, the Rhine-Meuse Delta, and the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta were presented, along with overviews of recent advances in measuring, monitoring and modeling land subsidence. Ultimately the goal of the discussion was to identify the drivers of subsidence, and assess how subsidence risk is computed, considered and communicated in coastal management, and how society can remediate and adapt to coastal issues. Results of the workshop will be published in an international newsletter such as EOS as well as provide guidance to the State of Louisiana and a broader group of researchers, resource managers and stakeholders on how to manage sensitive coastal ecosystems. The successful outcome of this workshop generated interest in convening future workshops in other coastal subsidence affected areas within the next several years.posted: 2013-11-27
Sound Waves Editor steps down after 14 years
Barbara Lidz, (SPCMSC) the original editor of Sound Waves, the Coastal and Marine Geology Program newsletter, is stepping down. Theresa Burress (SPCMSC) will take over her responsibilities. Below is a description from Barbara's “Passing the Torch” letter about the early history of Sound Waves:
USF Graduate Student Teaching Kids About Ocean Acidification
USGS–University of South Florida (USF) Pathways graduate student, Paul Knorr, is doing research on ocean acidification alongside research oceanographer Lisa Robbins (USGS–SPCMSC). Knorr is studying benthic foraminifera, which are single celled animals that produce calcium carbonate shells, and which are prolific sediment producers in Florida. He is studying how ocean acidification at different carbon dioxide levels in the ocean will affect shell formation and how that will influence sediment production.
On Nov. 21, Knorr participated in his third annual American Teach-In at Ridgecrest Elementary. American Teach-In is a national day where professionals go to schools and teach kids real-world applications of what grown-ups do. He taught a total of four classes of First, Second, and Third graders about ocean acidification with carbonate foraminifera and sediments. This may sound a little complex for children, but Ridgecrest is “a gifted magnet school” claims Knorr, “the third graders were able to absorb the information as if they were sixth or seventh graders”.
For the students, Knorr brought in some hands-on activities and samples. The first graders played with rocks and geological tools. “The first graders really liked the tools, particularly the hammer. It weighs about 8lbs, and to a first grader that appears to be a big weapon!” laughed Knorr. The second and third graders were able to individually conduct experiments. “The students were especially interested in the acid base reaction, where baking soda reacts with vinegar in a balloon to show its releasing of CO2.”posted: 2013-11-27
Six SPCMSC Scientists to attend Annual Fall AGU Meeting
The St. Petersburg Center is sending six scientists to the Fall American Geophysical Union Meeting (AGU) 12/9 - 12/13 in San Francisco, CA. Department of Interior Secretary Jewell at her televised staff meeting on 11/7 in Menlo Park, CA made a promise to have more USGS scientists to attend this internationally-recognized scientific conference. Below is a listing of the SPCMSC authors and the times and sessions where they are presenting.
For more details on the AGU meeting, visit: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2013/scientific-program-2/
Staff bring home Two Shoemaker Communication Awards
On November 12, Barbara Wainman, Associate Director of the Office of Communications, announced the Winners of 2013 USGS Shoemaker Awards for Communication Excellence and Lifetime Achievement. One person is awarded the lifetime achievement award and products in 5 different categories are given awards. For the Internet Product category, USGS-St. Petersburg staff Lisa Robbins and Mark Hansen along with Joanie Kleypas and Stephan Meylan produced the C02calc App and Software:
For the Internet Product Category, USGS-St. Petersburg staff Heather Henkel and Trent Faust along with Viv Hutchinson, Liza Zolly, Rebecca Uribe, and Michelle Chang produced the USGS Data Management website.posted: 2013-11-14
Intro Marine Biology Class Tours USGS-St. Petersburg
An Introduction to Marine Biology class from St. Petersburg College visited the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center on Nov. 13 to learn more about coastal and marine science at the U.S. Geological Survey. Chris Kellogg, Research Microbiologist, spoke about coral microbial ecology. Dave Zawada, Research Oceanographer, demonstrated the ATRIS (Along-Track Reef Imaging System) and discussed some of the ways that it is used to create benthic habitat maps and also to help learn more about the activities of marine animals such as sea turtles. Jen Flannery, Chemist, gave a tour of the Coral Core Archive and discussed some of the ways that coral skeletons are used to obtain geologic and climate data. Theresa Burress, Librarian, wrapped up the tour with an overview of research activities.posted: 2013-11-14
Mississippi Barrier Island Structured Decision Making (SDM) Meeting
USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Greg Steyer and Ecologist Michelle Meyers, USGS Southeast Region Science Advisor Alyssa Dausman, and USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center Research Oceanographer P. Soupy Dalyander will meet with a small group of stakeholders in an SDM meeting November 12 – 15, 2013, in Bay St. Louis, Miss. The group will work to develop a prototype decision structure for the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program (MsCIP) Comprehensive Barrier Island Restoration (CBIR) project on Ship Island. The MsCIP CBIR is a 400 million dollar project with the goal of sustaining estuarine habitat in the Mississippi Sound by restoring barrier island habitat and augmenting natural sediment transport quantities prior to breaching and inlet formation along Ship Island. The SDM project was funded by the USGS Southeast Climate Science Center in FY13-14 to help address how coastal managers can optimize decision making relative to barrier island restoration given the uncertainties in budgets, climate change and the response of physical, biological and ecological systems.posted: 2013-11-08
USGS Awarded Supplemental Funds to Support Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding
A year after Hurricane Sandy collided with the East coast, the U.S. Geological Survey continues to study the changes left behind in its devastating path. Scientists are generating critical information to aid the recovery process of the coastal areas and help communities become more resilient against future extreme storms.
The USGS' ability to conduct these studies is getting a big boost. The Department of the Interior announced today the funding of supplemental appropriations for nine USGS projects, which total $22.4 million, for mitigating the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and supporting the rebuilding process. These new projects will deliver high-resolution topographical surveys; evaluations of ecosystem resiliency; enhanced storm tide monitoring, vulnerability assessments and data display capabilities; documentation of coastal processes and vulnerabilities of Fire Island, New York and Assateague Island regional areas; assessments of estuarine responses to the storm and changes to the barrier islands; and forecasts of biological vulnerabilities.
Read more: USGS Awarded Supplemental Funds to Support Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding posted: 2013-10-31