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USGS Scientist invited to speak at 1st RISE Symposium in Puerto Rico

Christina A. Kellogg (Research Microbiologist, SPCMSC) has been invited to give a seminar at the University of Puerto Rico–Cayey's First Annual RISE Program Research Symposium on Saturday, January 28, 2017. The NIH-funded Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program seeks to increase the capacity of underrepresented students to complete Ph.D. degrees in biomedical sciences. Dr. Kellogg's talk is titled "Deep-Sea Coral Microbiomes and Environmental Metagenomics."

posted: 2017-01-18

USGS Oceanographer attends the Annual American Meteorological Society Meeting to Overview New USGS–National Weather Service Collaboration

SPCMSC Research Oceanographer Joseph Long will present at the upcoming American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, held in Seattle, Washington, January 22–26, 2017. The presentation will focus on a collaboration between the USGS and NOAA/NWS to develop and validate an operational model for coastal water levels.

posted: 2017-01-12

Using corals as archives of past sea-surface temperatures

Corals provide a useful archive of ocean conditions because they live for centuries and record environmental variability in their calcium carbonate skeletons. On Monday, Jan. 1, USGS Research Marine Biologist Ilsa Kuffner and Research Geologist Julie Richey published a research article in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems entitled “Fidelity of the Sr/Ca proxy in recording ocean temperature in the western Atlantic coral Siderastrea siderea”. This work advances the application of the skeletal strontium-to-calcium ratio as a temperature proxy by providing new quality control protocols, thereby strengthening inferences about past climate variability reconstructed using coral records. This research was funded by and represents synergy between two USGS mission areas (Hazards, and Climate and Land Use Change).

posted: 2017-01-04

SPCMSC scientist talks to families at the 2016 Great American Teach-InUSGS staff participate in the 21st annual Great American Teach-In

The Great American Teach-In, sponsored by Duke Energy since 1994, is part of Pinellas County Schools' annual American Education Week Celebration. The event encourages members of the community to visit Pinellas County schools for an hour, a few class periods, or an entire school day to share with students details of their careers or to teach a class. Students are exposed to new concepts and gain an understanding of the many career choices that are available. Kira Barrera, Ilsa Kuffner, Joe Long, BJ Reynolds, and Dave Thompson represented the USGS visiting four schools and presenting to 645 kindergarten through 8st grade students their work on climate change and its impacts, scientific diving, and coastal hazards and change.

posted: 2016-12-01

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