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Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health xPrizeUSGS scientist participates in XPRIZE Phase 4 trial evaluations

From May 14–21, Christina Kellogg (Research Microbiologist) from the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) will participate in a research cruise in the Pacific for the Phase 4 deep-sea trials of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. This is the final phase of the $2 million competition to develop more accurate and affordable ocean pH sensors to actually measure the predicted acidification of the oceans. Five finalist teams have advanced and will test their sensors at depths of hundreds to thousands of meters during the research cruise. Kellogg and the four other judges will then determine the winners of the prize purses. Results will be announced at an awards ceremony in July 2015.

For more information, visit: http://oceanhealth.xprize.org.

posted: 2015-05-01

American Society for Microbiology 2015 meetingDeep-sea coral microbiome results to be presented at American Society for Microbiology meeting

Christina Kellogg (Research Microbiologist, USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center) and her masters student Stephanie Lawler will both present posters at the 115th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, May 30–June 2, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The posters provide the first descriptions of the bacterial associates of two deep-sea corals. These data provide critical environmental health baselines against which any future changes due to anthropogenic impacts or climate change may be measured and characterized.

For more information, visit: http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/coral-microbes/discovre/.

posted: 2015-05-01

USGS researcher surveying on Fire Island, using the USGS wave runner systemUSGS wave runner system used in bathymetric survey at Fire Island

As part of the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental project at Fire Island, USGS researchers are undertaking a bathymetric survey of the shallow nearshore along the length of the island and within the flood shoal area of the breach using the USGS wave runner system. In addition, researchers will be collecting monitoring profiles and shoreline, ground-based lidar (Alabama Water Science Center), and flow velocities within the breach (New York WSC). Personnel from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center office include Cheryl Hapke, Owen Brenner, Tim Nelson, BJ Reynolds, Kyle Kelso, Dave Thompson, and Jake Frederickson. Fire Island National Seashore staff will assist with field logistics and provide access and vehicles for land-based surveys. The team leaves May 4-5 and will survey through May 20. This will be the final major data collection effort associated with the Hurricane Sandy project. The NPS has also requested that Cheryl Hapke give a presentation to park staff on the latest results of her research at Fire Island.

For more information on the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Fire Island project, visit: http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/fire-island/.

posted: 2015-04-30

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