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A coral reef in the Turks and Caicos Islands dominated by the weedy coral species, Porites astreoides
December 31, 2019

Modern coral reef dominated by weedy coral species

A coral reef in the Turks and Caicos Islands dominated by the weedy coral species, Porites astreoides. The relative dominance of this taxa has increased throughout the western Atlantic.

UAS on beach
December 31, 2019

UAS flying on a beach

A pilot flying a UAS on the beach.

Scientific equipment on the deck of a ship in the ocean
December 31, 2019

On board the IODP vessel JOIDES Resolution

Several instruments visible on board the research vessel JOIDES Resolution. Photo taken from the ship bridge roof. USGS logo visible on one of the pieces of equipment. Research cruises taken on the JOIDES Resolution are often interdisciplinary and collaborative across many universities, scientific agencies, and other research institutions.

A man and a woman holding a coral sample
November 19, 2019

USGS and National Park Service partner on coral growth study

Glenn Simpson (left), Park Manager of the Dry Tortugas National Park, National Park Service and Ilsa Kuffner (right), USGS Research Marine Biologist, with an elkhorn coral from Pulaski Shoal being weighed and measured.

Screenshot of the Coastal Change Hazards Portal with probability bands and example photographs for Hurricane Dorian
September 13, 2019

Screenshot of the Coastal Change Hazards Portal with probability bands

Predicted probabilities of dune erosion (inner band), overwash (middle band), and inundation (outer band) for Hurricane Dorian. Photographs are representative of coastal change observed during past storm events.

Screenshot of 'Longer Term Change' section from NPS story map about Fire Island
August 15, 2019

Screenshot from NPS story map about Fire Island

Screenshot of 'Longer Term Change' section from NPS story map about Fire Island

computers inside the research vessel Sallenger
August 12, 2019

Scientists collecting seismic and bathymetry data

Scientists from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science center collecting seismic and bathymetry data within the nearshore waters of Cedar Island, Virginia. Outside the cabin of the R/V Sallenger, a CHIRP seismic sled is being towed using dock lines and cable, inside captain Andy Farmer navigates the vessel using pre-planned survey lines while Chelsea Stalk

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Image shows two sea urchins with the ocean in the background
June 24, 2019

Red Sea Urchins

Two red sea urchins (Mesocentrotus franciscanus) sit on the deck of the R/V Falkor. These sea urchins were collected during the #HuntingBubbles research cruise led by the USGS and Schmidt Ocean Institute, which focused on exploring and understanding methane seeps and the communities that depend on them along the Cascadia Margin. Read more about the cruise and its

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Photos before and after Hurricane Sandy opened a breach on Fire Island
June 11, 2019

Photos before and after Hurricane Sandy opened a breach on Fire Island

USGS researchers have been monitoring changes in a breach in the island that occurred during Hurricane Sandy (modified from  Hapke et al., 2017). 
 

CMHRP scientific investigations help protect natural and cultural resources
June 11, 2019

CMHRP investigations help protect natural and cultural resources

The CMHRP has been conducting scientific investigations at Fire Island in order to protect natural and cultural resources.

Congressman Charlie Crist visits the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
May 6, 2019

Congressman Charlie Crist visits the SPCMSC

On May 6, 2019, Congressman Charlie Crist (13th district, FL) and Operations and Outreach Director Mr. Kendrick Lewis will visit the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC). Congressman Crist requested this visit because he is interested to learn more about the Center and to discuss needs/priorities that we may have. (First row, left to right:

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Scuba diver on a coral reef in Dry Tortugas National Park
May 5, 2019

USGS scuba diver on coral reef in Dry Tortugas National Park, FL, USA

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. Elkhorn

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