We study the sea, propelled by a singular mission to solve the mysteries of the deep. For more than four decades, the students and scientists of USF’s College of Marine Science have delved into research that is locally applied, regionally relevant and globally significant. We are passionate about increasing our knowledge of the ocean system though cutting-edge, interdisciplinary efforts.
We focus on the watershed that drains from the coastal and estuarine waters to the deep ocean, with an approach that is multi-tiered and of vital importance. It includes long-term sea-level rise, coral reef health, recent and past climate change, ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, fisheries management, water quality, shoreline change, impacts of oil drilling, and development of new sensing technologies. Each step of the way, we search for answers to fundamental, socially significant problems that impact us all.
Our vision is bold yet attainable: to become one of the top oceanographic institutions in the world, and one that is recognized as a leader in applying science to society’s needs through research, service and training of future scientists. We need to strengthen areas of interdisciplinary excellence through targeted hires and investments. We must continue to broaden the education we provide by expanding our professional training opportunities and undergraduate offerings.
The most important asset of any academic institution is its faculty. The strength of who we hire over the coming decade will determine the research and education successes of our college. Our research is defined by the theme of Assessing and Predicting the Health of Ocean-Human Interactions. That research umbrella covers five overlapping and critical areas: Healthy Ecosystems, Climate Change, Impacts of Ocean-Human Interaction, Ocean Observing, and Impacts of Deep Drilling for Fossil Fuels.
Our Capital Priorities
State assistance alone is not sufficient to achieve our vision to become one of the top oceanographic institutions in the world. Private gifts from individuals, business partners and foundations are an investment not only in science but also in the future of our ocean planet. In order to recruit and retain the best faculty, and to provide them with the tools they need to be competitive, significant resources are required to buy and maintain state-of-the-art instrumentation, to support technical personnel, and to provide start-up and faculty retention funding.