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Integrating Science and the Scientific Community at the Tampa Bay Study's 4th Annual Science Conference

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Victor Levesque (left) of the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center speaks with Roger Johansson (right) of the City of Tampa’s Bay Study Group.
Above: Participants had opportunities to meet with colleagues and discuss their work one on one. Victor Levesque (left) of the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center speaks with Roger Johansson (right) of the City of Tampa’s Bay Study Group.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Tampa Bay Study, part of the USGS Gulf of Mexico Integrated Science project and a template for other integrated research studies in coastal ecosystems around the Nation, hosted its fourth annual science conference in Gulfport, FL, on February 8 and 9. Major topics included modeling plans and baseline mapping, water and sediment quality and quantity, ecology, model products and data management, and products and end-user examples. The sessions alternated between formal presentations and interactive poster sessions.

Integrating science also means integrating participants. The conference included USGS attendees from all four of the agency's disciplines—Geography, Biology, Water Resources, and Geology—as well as participants from other Federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Park Service, and the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program and its partners. Additionally, participants came from State governmental agencies, including the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Various other participants represented academic institutions and local county and city governments and consulting firms, including the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, the University of South Florida (Biology Department, Geology Department, and College of Marine Science), the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Eckerd College, the University of New Hampshire, the City of Tampa's Bay Study Group, the Pinellas County Department of Environmental Management, the Pinellas County Health Department, Mote Marine Laboratory, Pickett & Associates, Inc., WL Delft Hydraulics, Applied Science Associates, Inc., Johnson Controls, Inc., and DHI Water & Environment. This year the conference was attended by an outside review committee that included Fred Short (University of New Hampshire), Chris Mooers (University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science), and Jim Cloern (USGS National Research Program, Menlo Park, CA).

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