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A man writes on a long metal cyllinder in a marsh environment
February 19, 2021

Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow Daniel Ciarletta labels a sediment core

Mendenhall postdoctoral fellow Daniel Ciarletta of the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center labels a sediment core obtained from a vibracore system on Mullet Key, a barrier island along the Gulf coast of Central Florida. He studies these sediment samples to learn more about the long-term geological evolution of

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Three scientists operate a vibracore - a metal cylinder that is pushed into the sediment on a barrier island
February 19, 2021

Sediment coring at Mullet Key, Florida along the Gulf of Mexico

Mendenhall postdoctoral fellow Daniel Ciarletta and geologists Julie Bernier and Nancy DeWitt of the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center operating a vibracore system on Mullet Key, a barrier island along the Gulf coast of Central Florida. The scientists are taking sediment samples to learn more about the long-

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USGS geologists surveying the beach at Caladesi Island, FL
January 29, 2021

Surveying the Beach at Caladesi Island, Gulf of Mexico Coast, Florida

Mendenhall postdoctoral fellow Daniel Ciarletta and geologist Julie Bernier perform field reconnaissance at Caladesi Island, along the Gulf coast of central Florida. The scientists are refining a plan to sample and survey the island using sediment vibracores and ground-penetrating radar.

Coral on a cinderblock and a scuba diver on a coral reef
December 15, 2020

USGS scuba diver on a coral reef in Dry Tortugas National Park

The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting research to guide the recovery of the threatened Elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata, in Dry Tortugas National Park and throughout the western Atlantic. A small Elkhorn colony, raised from a fragment collected after a storm, is shown here in the foreground after it was cemented to the reef to establish a new coral population.

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Scuba diver on a coral reef with tools to measure coral
December 15, 2020

Diver visits experimental elkhorn coral in Dry Tortugas National Park

The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting research to guide the restoration and recovery of the threatened elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata, in Dry Tortugas National Park and throughout the western Atlantic. In this photograph, research marine biologist Ilsa Kuffner is doing maintenance on a USGS “calcification station”. The USGS has established these stations,

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Left: a view of rough seas past a railing. Right: a computer visualization showing the area that might be buried as a red block
December 3, 2020

Wave conditions and probability of burial during munitions experiment

A) Conditions during a 2015 munitions mobility experiment in Duck, NC, and B) cartographic visualization of hindcast probability of munitions’ complete burial during the experiment.

An orange branching coral grows on a cinderblock on a reef in clear water.
November 27, 2020

Experimental elkhorn coral in Dry Tortugas National Park

The U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center is conducting research to guide the restoration and recovery of the threatened elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata, in Dry Tortugas National Park and throughout the western Atlantic. Shown here is an elkhorn colony, raised from a fragment

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Two gloved scientists place samples into a small tube
November 24, 2020

Collecting samples to inform elkhorn coral restoration strategies

Ohio State University graduate student Ann Marie Hulver and postdoc Dr. Leila Chapron from Dr. Andrea Grottoli's lab process samples collected for a study on elkhorn coral growth in the Florida Keys. These researchers are collaborating with Dr. Ilsa Kuffner of the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center to

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a dune that has been eroded several feet
November 16, 2020

Erosion of dunes following Tropical Storm Eta

Tropical Storm Eta affected beaches along Florida's Gulf Coast in November 2020. Some dunes were eroded up to several feet due to the high water levels associated with the storm. Madeira Beach is home to many people and animals, and erosion events such as this can affect both habitat and infrastructure. The USGS Coastal Change Hazards

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Aerial view of a beach under a stormy sky, the ocean with waves reaching all the way across the beach, pushing sand onto a patio
November 11, 2020

Tropical Storm Eta effects on Madeira Beach, Florida

Tropical Storm Eta had effects on Florida's Gulf Coast beaches, including dune erosion and overwash. This image from the coast cam at Madeira Beach, Florida captured high water levels and resulting overwash of sand onto the patio of the Shoreline Resort. The USGS Coastal Change Hazards team works to predict these types of events to

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five scientists on and standing near a small vessel at a dock with scuba gear on board.
October 29, 2020

SPCMSC and OSU researchers preparing for fieldwork in the Florida Keys

Dr. Ilsa Kuffner of the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center and her collaborator Dr. Andrea Grottoli in the School of Earth Sciences at Ohio State University prepare for field work to study endangered elkhorn corals in the Florida Keys along with their team of researchers. They are researching where and why

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Elkhorn coral on a cinderblock with a label on a coral reef
October 28, 2020

Elkhorn coral at calcification assessment station in Dry Tortugas

Established in 2009, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Coral Assessment Network (USGS-CAN) provides data on coral-growth (calcification) rates throughout the Florida Keys. Pictured here is one of 30 stations located in in Dry Tortugas National Park. The data document seasonal and spatial patterns in coral growth that correlate with ocean conditions and are used to guide the

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