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Professor Named Maytag Chair and Professor of Ichthyology


Martin Grosell is the new Maytag chair and professor of ichthyology

Special to UM News

MIAMI, Fla. (April 2, 2014) — Martin Grosell, professor of marine biology and fisheries at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), has been appointed Maytag chair and professor of ichthyology.

“Martin is a very distinguished scholar who continues to provide great leadership to the school,” said Roni Avissar, RSMAS dean.

Grosell, who specializes in environmental physiology and toxicology of marine fish and invertebrates, joined the faculty in 2002. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed research papers as well as numerous books and book chapters on the physiology and mechanistic toxicology of aquatic organisms. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, at the August Krogh Institute.

Grosell was a co-author of the recent study that showed heart abnormalities in fish embryos exposed to oil from the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study was the first of its kind to analyze the effects of the primary toxic agents released from crude oil on several commercially important pelagic fish species that spawn in the gulf.

Established in 1957 and named for Robert E. Maytag, an avid fisher and sportsman, the Maytag Chair is a fully endowed position in the field of ichthyology. Appointees have established reputations in research and excellent records of publications, including strong externally funded research programs, teaching, and graduate student stewardship.


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RSMAS Annual Auction on April 11 Offers Helicopter Lessons and Much More

MIAMI, Fla. (March 25, 2014) — The Marine Science Graduate Student Organization (MSGSO) at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is having its annual auction on Friday, April 11 to help raise money for the Student Travel Fund. The fund exists to help graduate students cover the costs of attending conferences and workshops and purchasing scientific equipment for their research. The auction is known for the much-needed support it provides students but primarily for the unique auction items and festive atmosphere. Hosted at the SALT Waterfront Restaurant at the Rosenstiel School with live music and full buffet, the evening is a great gathering for students and alumni to bid on items such as:

  • Helicopter lessons with Dean Roni Avissar
  • Evening sailboat cruise and all-day ocean/island adventure tour with Conor Smith
  • Shark tagging trips with Neil Hammerschlag
  • Fishing charters
  • Dolphin swims at Miami Seaquarium and Dolphins Plus
  • Hotel stays at Mutiny, Mandarin Oriental, and Viceroy hotels
  • Miami Marlins box tickets
  • Yoga passes from Dharma, Rina, and Bala Vinyasa Studios
  • Tickets to SunFest Music Festival
  • Gift certificates to many favorite Miami shops and restaurants, including Joe’s Stone Crab, Bombay Darbar, and Books & Books
  • Massage, theater tickets, babysitting services, swimming lessons, dental exams, and much more.

Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door and include two free drinks (beer, wine, or soft drinks), buffet, live music, and access to bid on auction Email msgso@rsmas.miami.edu for tickets. Event starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Space is limited.

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Become a Marine Biologist for a Day through Rescue-a-Reef Initiative

MIAMI, Fla. (March 12, 2014) — Do you want to help rescue Florida’s coral reefs? Through the new Rescue-a-Reef research program at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, citizens are invited to join scientists underwater to help restore coral reefs.

The citizen science program takes SCUBA divers or snorkelers to coral nursery restoration sites near Miami to conduct nursery maintenance and assist in planting nursery corals at natural reef sites. In addition, participants will have access to an online virtual expedition, which provides in-depth information about the coral nursery and restoration process.

“Instead of just watching our coral reefs decline, we have an opportunity to contribute to their persistence and recovery,” said Diego Lirman, associate professor of marine biology and ecology and lead scientist of the Rescue-a-Reef initiative. “The community can become part of the solution through our Rescue-a-Reef coral reef restoration program.”

The Rescue-a-Reef initiative is a collaboration between the Rosenstiel School Benthic Ecology Lab and the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. Lirman established the first Rosenstiel School underwater coral nursery in 2007 in Miami-Dade County with two additional nurseries added in 2009 and 2013. Nursery-grown colonies produce a sustainable stock of corals, which can then be transplanted to degraded reefs without the need for continuous collections from wild populations.

The Rescue-a-Reef initiative is modeled after the Shark Citizen Science Program, led by Neil Hammerschlag, a Rosenstiel School research assistant professor. Citizen Science is an opportunity for non-professional scientists to be involved in scientific inquiry through proactive participation with scientists working on real-time problems relating to their research. Participation involves scientifically sound practices and measurable outcomes.

“The program provides a unique opportunity for someone to be a marine biologist for a day to assist with research that supports the health of our coral reefs,” said Hammerschlag, director of the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program.

Coral reefs provide critical habitat to a countless number of plants and animals and are under threat by climate change, destructive fishing techniques, pollution, disease, and coral bleaching.

For more information on the Rescue-a-Reef initiative, visit: rjd.miami.edu/research/projects/coral-restoration. To join a trip, email RJD.Participate@gmail.com

For those who want to help coral reefs, but prefer to stay dry, donations can be made to support the coral nurseries as well as reef outplanting and maintenance. Donations can be made online at www.Rescueareef.com or by contacting Caroline Hammerschlag at 305-421-4207.

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Researchers Track Young Turtles to Learn about Their ‘Lost Years’ at Sea


Researchers Track Young Turtles to Learn about Their ‘Lost Years’ at Sea


Rosenstiel alumna Kate Mansfield readies a turtle outfitted with a tracking device for release.

Special to UM News

MIAMI, Fla. (March 07, 2014) — A new study satellite tracked 17 young loggerhead turtles in the Atlantic Ocean to better understand sea turtle nursery grounds and early habitat use during the ‘lost years.’

The study, conducted by a collaborative research team, including scientists from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, was the first long-term satellite tracking study of young turtles at sea.

“This is the first time we were able to show the maiden voyage of young turtles after they left the beach,” said Rosenstiel School scientist and co-author of the study Jiangang Luo. “It’s like you want to know how your baby is doing when you drop him or her off at the day care for the first time.”

The turtles’ at-sea movements were remotely tracked for 27 to 220 days in the open ocean to better understand their movements, habitat preferences, and thermal niche during this early-life stage. The turtles traveled between 200 km to 4300 km (124 to 2672 miles), mainly off of the continental shelf region and occupying oceanic surface waters, where young turtles likely “receive thermal benefits from solar absorption,” according to the study’s authors.

The study also showed that young sea turtles rarely travel into continental shelf waters and frequently leave the currents of the Gulf Stream and North Atlantic current within the North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre. The turtles started by riding in the strongest currents in the ocean, the Gulf Stream, then the North Atlantic current. But many of the turtles took a short cut via eddies that span off from the currents to the Sargassum Sea at the center of the North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre, which provide protection, thermal benefits, and food habitat for the young turtles.

The 17 loggerhead turtles were collected from nests along the southeast coast of Florida and reared in Florida Atlantic University’s turtle laboratory before being released between 3 and 9 months of age into the Gulf Stream, offshore of their natal beaches.

Prior to being released, solar-powered satellite tags were affixed to the turtles’ carapace.
 “What is exciting is that we provide the first look at the early behavior and movements of young sea turtles in the wild,” said University of Central Florida biologist and Rosenstiel School alumna Kate Mansfield, who led the team.

“Before this study, most of the scientific information about the early life history of sea turtles was inferred through genetics studies, opportunistic sightings offshore, or laboratory-based studies,” she said. “With real observations of turtles in their natural environment, we are able to examine and reevaluate existing hypotheses about the turtles’ early life history. This knowledge may help managers provide better protection for these threatened and endangered species.”

Once young turtles leave their nesting beaches, they spend an unknown number of years at sea, which are known as the ‘lost years.’ Little is known about the migration and habitat use of young sea turtles during this period before they return to near-shore habitats as larger juveniles.

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Salt Waterfront Restaurant Now Serving Tasty Fare on Marine Campus

Dining Services is pleased to announce that the restaurant at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is under new management and has a new name: Salt Waterfront Restaurant. Located at the Commons, the restaurant is serving varied cuisine and daily lunch specials to students, faculty, and staff  Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Wet Lab bar remains open Wednesday through Friday from 5 to  9:30 p.m. with happy hour on Fridays from 3 to 9:30 p.m.


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