ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (April 14, 2010) USF College of Marine Science Researcher Jose Torres is leading a team of 10 through Antarctica, where the scientists are studying a major disruption to the food chain. The six-week expedition is taking them on a perilous route, including this treacherous passage described in their blog with the St. Petersburg Times:
The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.