Rising Tides Newsletter - June 2022
The Oceanography Camp for Girls just wrapped up its 31st camp. Enjoy a sneak peek of the video we created to celebrate its longstanding success.
Humans responsible for over 90% of oil slicks
Dr. Chuanmin Hu is part of a team that developed the first global map of chronic oil slicks in the ocean. The results, published in Science, provide a major update from previous investigations.
Rogue waves…in Tampa Bay?!
Graduate student Laura Azevedo led the first study to identify and describe rogue waves in this region, as reported in the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. “They can happen anywhere, and they do happen everywhere,” said Azevedo.
Video! Honoring Dr. Weisberg.

Plus, not featured in the video but worth a read: Serendipity helped with the timing of this excellent feature about Bob’s work in the Tampa Bay Times called “Hustle and flow: USF studies how water moves in Tampa Bay.”
JEDI on the high seas (er…freshwater lake?!)

The CMS is part of a new NSF program to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) initiatives in STEM fields. Our team recently participated in retreat that was supposed to take place on a ship in the ocean.
New series: One on One
In this new series we will highlight a publication with a single summary quote from the CMS author. Perfect for those with only two seconds to spare! So don’t be shy and let us know about your pubs! Our inaugural blurb features a publication related to ocean acidification by CMS alum Kyle Amergian. 
CMS hosts Women in Leadership training
The CMS was home base for a two-day workshop for women called “Building Leadership Skills for Success in the Scientific Workforce.” It was sponsored by NOAA and the Earth Science Women’s Network.



  • Natalia López Figueroa was also the recipient of one of the Vembu Subramanian MSAC awards, along with Macarena Martin Mayor. Both were awarded for the service and kindness they add to our CMS community. Kudos!

  • Congrats to Catalina Rubiano, who wrote an engaging blog while aboard her inaugural expedition on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

  • Congrats to Dylan Halbeisen, who will participate in the 3rd annual international GEOTRACES Summer School (July 10-15) at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. The program focus: marine geochemistry, hands-on cruise-related training, polar research. No doubt this will prepare Dylan well for his December cruise to Antarctica aboard the R/V Revelle. Stay tuned for more on that front!

  • Congrats to Natalie Sawaya, who won the best poster prize at the Gordon Research Conference in Switzerland. She was also awarded the Renate E. Bernstein Outstanding Authorship Award at the CMS!

  • Congrats to Naja Murphy, who served as co-chief for the first time on the GoMeTS (Gulf of Mexico Trace Metal Time Series) cruise in June. 


  • Congrats Matt Hommeyer, Research Engineer at the CMS and Technical Operations Manager for COMIT. He was awarded the David K. Costello Interdisciplinary Engineering Award.

  • Congrats to CMS alum Julie Vecchio – awarded the Sackett Prize for Innovative Research!

  • Congrats and welcome to Dyllan Furness, who landed the job of Science Communication Manager for the Flood Hub. Stay tuned for more on the Flood Hub front.

  • Stay tuned for more information about the annual Graduate Student Fellowships and Awards ceremony in the fall.

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