College of Marine Science Presents Eminent Lectures on New Frontiers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2009) – Four of the world’s leading scholars in oceanography will address issues of life in the seas, hurricanes, ancient oceans and marine microbes Wednesday and Thursday in the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science Eminent Scholar Lecture Series.


The series begins at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday with Princeton University scholar Michael Bender discussing his research on various regions of the open ocean where most life is on a microscopic scale. He will be followed at 3:15 p.m. by Karen Bice of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who will be speaking on 90 million-year-old oceans and what they can tell scientists about the future. Thursday’s program begins at 1:30 p.m. with University of Southern California professor Jed Fuhrman’s lecture on marine microbes followed at 3:15 p.m. with Isaac Ginis of the University of Rhode Island speaking on the science and challenges of hurricane forecasting.


The lectures will be held in the Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium, 100 8th Ave., S.E. and are presented by USF’s College of Marine Science and the U.S. Geological Survey and sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times. All lectures are open to the public. For more information, call (727) 553-1130.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.