28 Aug World-class marine research shines spotlight on Tampa Bay
University of South Florida marine scientists made national headlines following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, helping to reveal the volume and spread of oil gushing from the blowout. Since then, USF’s College of Marine Science has led a consortium of universities that continues to study the spill’s long-term impact.
USF anchors a world-class hub of state and federal marine agencies on St. Petersburg’s Bayboro Harbor. Other tenants include the U.S. Geological Survey, NOAA, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Florida Institute of Oceanography, SRI St. Petersburg, and nearby Eckerd College. Together they employ more than 1,600 people and contribute more than $251 million annually to Pinellas County’s economy.
“We’re attracting top-notch scientific talent from around the world and addressing major societal problems,” says Dr. Peter Betzer, with St. Petersburg’s Economic Development Council. Betzer, dean emeritus of USF’s College of Marine Science, played a pivotal role in the growth of the research hub. Bayboro-based scientists here are conducting cutting-edge research that ranges from fisheries and red tide to ocean acidification and global climate change.
Did you know? The Bayboro Harbor marine science district is the largest in the Southeast and one of the largest specialty science “clusters” in the nation.
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