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Graphic describing the synchronized field work on the reefscapeMultidisciplinary winter field effort at Crocker Reef, Florida Keys

From January 26–February 6, researchers from the USGS will be engaged in an integrated data and sample collection at Crocker Reef, Florida Keys, as part of the Coastal and Marine Geology Program's (CMGP) Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CREST) project. The seasonal study, begun last summer, is a major part of a year-long focus on Crocker Reef, combining expertise in three specific areas: geochemistry, geology, and metabolic processes. The effort will combine water sampling for carbonate chemistry, reef metagenome analyses, and will also include servicing temperature loggers and current meters. Principal investigators are Christina Kellogg, Kim Yates and David Zawada; assisting are Chris Moore, Nathan Smiley, and Legna Torres-Garcia. University of Tampa professor Rob Masserini is collaborating on nutrient profiles and will also be sending a student on the trip.


posted: 2015-01-29

2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science ConferenceUSGS Researcher to give talk on Sand and Oil Agglomerates at 2015 Oil Spill Conference

From February 16–19, USGS Research Oceanographer P. Soupy Dalyander will travel to Houston, Texas, to give an oral presentation at the 2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference. Soupy's talk is titled "Physical Dynamics of Sand and Oil Agglomerates: Field and Laboratory Studies of Artificial Proxies." Co-authors from SPCMSC include Joseph Long, Nathaniel Plant, Dave Thompson, and Molly McLaughlin.

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posted: 2015-01-29

Scientist setting up equipment testUSGS staff to test acoustic properties of USGS offshore geophysical equipment

Stan Locker (Research Geologist, St. Pete) will travel to Newport, Rhode Island from 1/26–1/31 and then later to Leesburg, Florida, along with Jake Fredericks (Researcher I), to help characterize the acoustic properties of the sources used for routine USGS geophysical surveys (sidescan, chirp, and boomers). The measurements are part of a joint project funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and include all three Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) Centers (Santa Cruz, St. Petersburg, and Woods Hole) in cooperation with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC). The objectives of the trips are to obtain accurate measurements of the acoustic properties of various transducers and acoustic sources used in our geophysical surveys. These data will then be used to inform permitting guidelines for using these acoustic systems in the marine environment.

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posted: 2015-01-29

A gray seal rests on a rock.USGS scientist quoted in Science Magazine article

Dale Griffin, environmental and public health microbiologist at the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC), was quoted in an article in Science Magazine's News section written by Jennifer Balmer on January 14. In one of the first studies to establish the land-to-sea transmission of bacteria associated with humans, scientists have detected high levels of a human bacterial strain in gray seals. Dale was queried on the possible sources of the bacteria. To view the article, visit:

posted: 2015-01-22

Stained glass created in memory of Dr. Abby SallengerSt. Petersburg Downtown Partnership and USGS co-host artwork dedication

On January 23rd, the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership will co-host a joint ceremony with the USGS dedicating a stained-glass memorial for Dr. Abby Sallenger by glass artist Lenn Neff. The artwork is currently displayed in the southeastern foyer of the Getting building on the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) campus. The ceremony will be held in the SPCMSC courtyard from 11:00 am to 11:45 am. USGS Director, Suzette Kimball, a collaborator and friend of Abby, is expected to attend, as well as other local dignitaries. For more information, please contact Sandy Coffman at 727-502-8002 or e-mail

posted: 2015-01-15

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