Two USF Marine Geologists Earn Major Awards

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Oct. 8, 2008) – Two University of South Florida College of Marine Science (CMS) geological oceanographers, Albert C. Hine, associate dean of research at CMS and professor of geological oceanography, and Eugene A. Shinn, formerly of Shell Oil and the U.S. Geological Survey, have received prestigious awards from the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM). Shinn received the society’s William H. Twenhofel Award, awarded annually for “Outstanding Contributions to Sedimentary Geology” while Hine received the society’s “Francis P. Shepard Medal for Marine Geology.”

Shinn, who logged 31 years with the USGS, and is recognized as a pioneer in carbonate sedimentology and coral reef ecosystems retired in 2006. He received an honorary Ph.D. from USF in 1998 and was a commencement speaker. He currently holds a courtesy professorship at the College of Marine Science. The award he received, SEPM’s highest award, is named after Twenhofel, considered the father of sedimentary geology.

Hine, who has been at USF since 1979, won the award named after Shepard who, recognized as the father of marine geology, is best known for his work studying submarine canyons and seafloor currents. Hine’s research includes studying the geologic origins and evolution of submerged ancient shorelines, ancient and current reefs and barrier islands. His recent work includes scientific ocean drilling and work surveying the sea floor using high-resolution seismic reflection, side-scan sonar profiling and remotely-operated vehicles.

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 last year. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.6 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.