USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Recent News - stories from the last 14 days.
Several USGS scientists from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center will attend the annual Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting taking place in Denver, Colorado, September 25–28, and some will present poster sessions. Terry McCloskey (Mendenhall Post-Graduate Fellow) will present "Using the Sedimentary Signature of Hurricane Katrina in the Pearl River Marsh, Louisiana to Infer Provenance of the Deposited Sediments: Implications for Accretion." Lisa Osterman (Research Geologist) will present "Seasonal and Environmental Trends of Benthic Foraminifera in Chincoteague Bay, Delmarva Peninsula, USA." Christian Haller (student intern, University of South Florida St. Petersburg) will present "Channel to Upland Transition: Modern Salt-Marsh Foraminifera from Grand Bay, Mississippi Sound." Nicole Khan (Research Geologist) and Elsie McBride (researcher) will also be attending.
Xan Fredericks (Cartographer/Lidar Coordinator, SPCMSC) and Thomas Doyle (Deputy Director, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC)) are co-hosting the Southeast Region Mapping Innovation Workshop on Friday, August 26, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida and Lafayette, Louisiana. This simulcast Workshop is one of sixteen being held as part of the USGS Mapping Innovation Series. The goal is to engage employees in discussion on the opportunities and challenges for mapping innovation at the USGS, and to provide input and recommendations that will be summarized in a report on the Mapping Innovations Series.
For more information, please contact Xan Fredericks, firstname.lastname@example.org, 727-502-8086.
Hilary Stockdon (Research Oceanographer, SPCMSC) will be attending a meeting for the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA) on August 31, 2016. GSAA, a regional partnership consisting of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina leadership and their partners, is focused on ocean and coastal challenges and opportunities; promoting environmental sustainability, disaster preparedness, and strong economies. The GSAA Celebration and Transition Meeting goal is to envision a revitalized regional network that builds on the group's successes in understanding coastal vulnerabilities, assessing the health of coastal watersheds, and building community resilience through creative solutions (e.g. living shorelines, and clean and resilient marinas). Hilary will be representing USGS coastal research in the southeast, particularly coastal change hazards. One of the GSAA's two main projects is a Coastal Hazards Vulnerability Analysis.
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Lauren Toth (Mendenhall postdoctoral scholar, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC)) will be leading a research team August 16–26 on a ten-day expedition to collect core records of Holocene coral-reef framework from Western Sambo and Sand Key reefs off Key West, Florida. The new samples collected on this expedition will be added to the extensive archive of reef cores at SPCMSC (http://olga.er.usgs.gov/coreviewer/) and analyzed to answer critical questions about the long-term history of Florida's reefs. Toth will be joined by Anastasios Stathakopoulos, BJ Reynolds, and Hunter Wilcox, all from SPCMSC. Rex Sanders (Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center) will also join the team in Key West to highlight the research expedition for a USGS Sound Waves article and video-feature.
Christina Kellogg (Research Microbiologist, SPCMSC) will attend the 6th International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals (http://deepseacoral.org/), September 11–16, 2016, in Boston, Mass. The symposium will bring together scientists, industry specialists, students, and managers with recent, state-of-the-art knowledge on the distribution, linkages, ecosystem function, and biodiversity of cold-water corals and their habitats. Christina will give a talk, "Comparison of the Microbiomes of Seven Species of Deep-Sea Corals." Other USGS researchers from the DISCOVRE project will also be attending and presenting: Cheryl Morrison (Leetown, SC), Nancy Prouty (Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center), Jill Bourque (Wetland and Aquatic Research Center - WARC), and Amanda Demopoulos (WARC). Amy West (Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center) is also attending to do outreach and communications. The USGS joins BOEM, NOAA and academic institutions in sponsoring this meeting.
Nathaniel Plant and Soupy Dalyander, Research Oceanographers from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, are organizing a working group of USGS scientists (Neil Ganju and Erika Lentz of the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center; Ana Garcia of the North Carolina Water Science Center; Elise Irwin of the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; Joseph Long and Davina Passeri of the SPCMSC; Stephanie Romanach and Don DeAngelis of the Wetlands and Aquatic Research Center; and Greg Steyer of the Southeast Region) and representatives of the coastal management community (Elizabeth Godsey of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Brian Spears of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Darin Lee of the state of Louisiana). The objectives of this team, which may expand in the future, are to brainstorm ways in which USGS science can more effectively support projects to restore and preserve resilient coastal ecosystems; build a network of people to coordinate USGS support for management decisions in the northern Gulf of Mexico; and consider how USGS expertise can be brought to bear to improve decisions made in specific restoration projects. Members of the team will have their first workshop at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Alabama, from August 30 to September 1.
For more information, please contact Soupy Dalyander, email@example.com, 727-502-8124.