St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center


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Date published: August 2, 2021

Coastal Change Hazards Video Launch

The Coastal Change Hazards team launched a video to describe how USGS integrates robust research, state-of-the-art capabilities, and stakeholder input to achieve coastal resilience goals.

Date published: July 23, 2021

SPCMSC and PCMSC scientists participating in 14th International Coral Reef Symposium

USGS research will be presented by several USGS scientists during the virtual 14th International Coral Reef Symposium taking place 19-23 July 2021.

Date published: July 8, 2021

SPCMSC Scientist Publishes New Paper on Coral Microbiome Methods

SPCMSC Research Microbiologist Christina Kellogg and colleague Zoe Pratte publish a new paper, “Comparison of preservation and extraction methods on five taxonomically disparate coral microbiomes” in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science. 


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An efficient method to calculate depth-integrated, phase-averaged momentum balances in non-hydrostatic models

Analysis of the mean (wave-averaged) momentum balance is a common approach used to explain the physical forcing driving wave set-up and mean currents in the nearshore zone. Traditionally this approach has been applied to phase-averaged models but has more recently been applied to phase-resolving models using post-processing, whereby model output...

da Silva, Renan F.; Rijnsdorp, Dirk P.; Hansen, Jeff E.; Lowe, Ryan J.; Buckley, Mark L.; Zijlema, Marcel

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Genetic structure and diversity of the mustard hill coral Porites astreoides along the Florida Keys reef tract

Increases in local and global stressors have led to major declines in coral populations throughout the western Atlantic. While abundances of other species have declined, however, the relative abundance of the mustard hill coral, Porites astreoides, has increased. Porites astreoides is relatively resilient to some stressors, and...

Gallery, Dominique N.; Green, Michelle L.; Kuffner, Ilsa B.; Lenz, Elizabeth A.; Toth, Lauren T.

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Climate and the latitudinal limits of subtropical reef development

Climate plays a central role in coral-reef development, especially in marginal environments. The high-latitude reefs of southeast Florida are currently non-accreting, relict systems with low coral cover. This region also did not support the extensive Late Pleistocene reef development observed in many other locations around the world; however,...

Toth, Lauren T.; Precht, William F.; Modys, Alexander B.; Stathakopoulos, Anastasios; Robbart, Martha L.; Hudson, J. Harold; Olenik, Anton E.; Riegl, Bernhard M; Shinn, Eugene A.; Aronson, Richard B.