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USGS researcher announced as judge for Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition

XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world's grandest challenges. XPRIZE announced in a press release the identities of the independent international judging panel that will choose the winners of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition. The panel consists of experts in seafloor mapping, data analysis, marine and drone technologies, and underwater discoveries: Victor Abbott, Ph.D., formerly of the University of Plymouth; Aida Alvera Azcarate, Ph.D., University of Liege; Douglas Au, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; Catherine Ball, Ph.D., Remote Research Ranges; Christina Kellogg, Ph.D., United States Geological Survey; David Mearns, Blue Water Recoveries; and Shah Selbe, National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

posted: 2017-11-16

USGS Research Microbiologist interviewed by American Society for Microbiology

During the National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC) workshop, held at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)'s headquarters, ASM communications staff interviewed Christina Kellogg (SPCMSC Research Microbiologist) about the purpose of the NMDC workshop, her role on the Microbiome Interagency Working Group (MIWG), and the recent release of a USGS fact sheet showcasing USGS microbiome research. The interview will appear in a blog post on the society's website.

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posted: 2017-11-16

USGS Researcher represents DOI/USGS at National Microbiome Data Collaborative Workshop

Christina Kellogg, Research Microbiologist (SPCMSC) was invited to participate in the National Microbiome Data Collaborative Workshop hosted by the American Academy of Microbiology in Washington, DC, from November 9–10, 2017. The workshop brings together subject matter experts from the Federal, academic, and private sectors to review current practices and infrastructure regarding microbiome data, and then seeks to work together to discuss the development needs to best structure and organize a National Microbiome Data Collaborative.

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posted: 2017-11-09

USGS Researcher co-leads NSF RAPID project to assess risk of waterborne disease in post-hurricane Caribbean island

Sunny Jiang (Professor and Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine) and Christina Kellogg (Research Microbiologist, SPCMSC) will be conducting field research in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands from Nov 17–29, 2017 as part of an NSF-funded project titled "Microbial Risk Assessment of Disease Burden in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria." St. Thomas was devastated by back-to-back category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, in September. Managing waterborne and water-related diseases is one of the most critical factors in the months after hurricane-induced natural disasters. The project will provide much needed water quality data and disease risks on a tropical island in post-hurricanes conditions through: 1) Sanitary and water infrastructure surveys; 2) Surveys of residents' water-use behavior and water-related activities; 3) Quantification of microbial pathogens in water samples from cisterns and coastal waters; 4) Quantiative microbial risk assessment of disease burdens through exposure assessment and dose-response models. Efforts are being made to connect with and establish collaborations with researchers at the University of the Virgin Islands to extend the scope of this work.

posted: 2017-11-09

From Left: Jennifer L. Miselis, Caitlin E. Reynolds, Julie N. Richey, and Jennifer A. Flannery at the USGS exhibitor booth.USGS researchers attend Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference

SPCMSC scientists were invited to speak about their research at the annual SACNAS Conference. Jennifer A. Flannery (Chemist), Caitlin E. Reynolds (Geologist), Julie N. Richey (Research Geologist), and Christopher G. Smith (Research Geologist) presented their research in a USGS-sponsored session entitled "Catch Climate-Change Fever." Jennifer L. Miselis (Research Geologist), presented research in the USGS-sponsored session "Earth, Wind, and Fire: USGS Science to Minimize Disaster Impacts." They all also served as judges for several undergraduate and graduate student posters and oral presentations, and provided mentoring /guidance to students looking at careers with the USGS. SACNAS has been the leading multicultural and multidisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) diversity organization in the USA for over 40 years.

posted: 2017-10-25

USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center and Wetland and Aquatic Research Center Continue Involvement in Annual St. Petersburg Science Festival

Scientists from SPCMSC and WARC will lead children, families, and the public in hands-on activities to learn about USGS science at this year's St. Petersburg Science Festival and School Day, October 20–21, along the waterfront campus of USFSP ( The expo is a free, public celebration of science featuring a wide range of engaging, interactive science, technology, engineering, and math-related (STEM) activities. Several SPCMSC scientists, including Kara Doran and Kira Barrera, have actively been involved in the organization and planning of the event. Last year, an estimated 25,000 people attended the event.

USGS has been a key contributor to this event, now in its seventh year. The two-day event includes a School Day Sneak Peek, which provides elementary school students from around the county the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a variety of STEAM activities, and the Festival, which is open to the public. This event is held in conjunction with MarineQuest, the annual open house of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

posted: 2017-10-18

USGS Microbiologists speak at Florida Microbiology Conference

Drs. Christina Kellogg and Dawn Goldsmith (SPCMSC) will each be giving talks about their deep-sea coral microbiome research at the 2017 Florida Branch of the American Society for Microbiology Meeting, October 13–15, in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Kellogg will also be on a career panel during the meeting. The Florida Branch of the American Society for Microbiology is a state-level organization that brings together Florida microbiologists from academia, industry, government, and non-profit organizations to network and share findings in a wide range of scientific areas including public health, oceanography, molecular mechanisms, genetics, genomics, biodiversity and biodefense.


posted: 2017-10-12

USGS Research Oceanographer gives presentation at American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) National Coastal Conference

Hilary Stockdon (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) will represent USGS CMGP at the 2017 ASBPA National Coastal Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Stockdon will speak in a session called Nearshore Processes Collaborative Research, giving a talk titled "The Power of Interagency Collaboration: From Wave Run-up Studies to a National Model for Coastal Change." Dr. Stockdon will also be attending meetings related to the development of the US Coastal Research Program and will participate in a panel discussion for Career Development for Young Professionals.

posted: 2017-10-12

USGS Researchers invited to present at a local Florida Sea Grant 'Salty Topics' Marine Research speaker series

SPCMSC Research Oceanographers Joe Long and Jenna Brown were invited to speak as part of the Florida Sea Grant 'Salty Topics' seminar series on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg, FL. The 'Salty Topics' series seeks to bridge the gap between marine research and the public. The presentation, titled "Keeping a Watchful Eye on Shifting Sands", informed the public of the research being done at the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center on the coastal hazards threatening the nation's coasts, including the development of a real-time model to forecast shoreline water levels and predict the probability of coastal change. The talk also focused on the collection of observations of water levels and coastal change in the Tampa Bay region using imagery from stationary video cameras and unmanned aerial systems. The presentation demonstrated how these models and data can be used to better understand the regions shifting sands and enhance the resilience and preparedness of coastal communities, with an emphasis on work being done locally along all of Tampa Bay's beaches.

posted: 2017-10-05

GIS-Pro 2017CMGP Lidar Coordinator invited to present at URISA GIS-Pro 2017

Xan Fredericks, Lidar Coordinator for the Coastal and Marine Geology Program, has been invited as a subject matter expert to present a fundamental overview of Cartography & Visualization at the 55th Annual URISA GIS-Pro Conference in Jacksonville, FL, October 23–26, 2017.

posted: 2017-10-05

Dr. Christina Kellogg, USGS MicrobiologistUSGS Researcher awarded 2018 Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship by Australian Academy of Science

SPCMSC Research Microbiologist Christina Kellogg was recognized as a prominent international scientist by the Australian Academy of Science and awarded the 2018 Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship. This fellowship fosters the international exchange of scientific ideas and supports lectures for the general public. Dr. Kellogg will work with coral reef experts at James Cook University, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. She will present academic and public lectures in Townsville, Brisbane, and Sydney as part of the Fellowship, and is currently working with colleagues in those cities to plan out a schedule for September–October 2018.


posted: 2017-09-27

USGS Microbiome Research Fact Sheet Released

Inspired by the National Microbiome Initiative, this fact sheet describes key areas where USGS microbiome science is meeting national needs. USGS SPCMSC Research Microbiologist Christina Kellogg and USGS Wildlife Disease Coordinator Camille Hopkins co-authored a fact sheet sponsored by the Ecosystems Mission Area to draw attention to the broad scope of microbiome research occurring across mission areas in the USGS. It includes specific vignettes profiling microbiome projects on invasive species management, wildlife health and disease, spread of antibiotic resistance, ecosystem conservation and management, improving production of natural gas, permafrost, and bioremediation.


posted: 2017-09-27

Data Release: Post-Hurricane Matthew Coastal Oblique Aerial Photographs, October 13–15, 2016

The USGS SPCMSC is releasing the oblique coastal photography collected after Hurricane Matthew made landfall in October 2016. The USGS conducts storm-response photography missions to document and understand the changes in the Nation's coasts to extreme storms. The images, flown at a height 500 feet and about 1000 feet offshore, offer a unique perspective of the coast after a storm. Features such as beach erosion, dune erosion and overwash can all be clearly characterized in this imagery. It also allows researchers to verify coastal change model predictions quickly, as well as inform coastal planners and manager decisions on their response to future storms. These images are also used in conjunction with previous collections to present before and after image pairs demonstrating coastal impacts on the Hurricane Matthew response web page.

Link: 2017-09-27

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