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News Archive - stories from October 2017.

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Erosion threatens parking lots and the roadway beside San FranciscoDefending San Francisco from rising seas

USGS geologist Patrick Barnard was interviewed for an article in the SF Weekly about public officials’ efforts to defend San Francisco coastlines against rising sea level. Barnard explains the importance of sand for maintaining beaches that act as buffers against storm waves. Practices like dredging and mining remove some of that sand from the natural system. Barnard leads a USGS project studying beach changes and flooding threats along the U.S. west coast. Read the article, published October 5. Contact: Patrick Barnard,, 831-460-7556posted: 2017-10-31

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

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