Category Archives: People & Places

Shinn’s Escapades Enlighten, Entertain

The first time I ever heard Gene Shinn’s name was in 1995 when he published a report in a journal called Applied and Environmental Microbiology showing how quickly raw sewage flowed from a Key Largo septic tank to an adjacent cana...

Profile: Suzanne Cooper

Her Best-Laid Plans Turn Out Even Better Like many kids who grew up in Florida, Suzanne Cooper always wanted to be a marine biologist. Luckily for Tampa Bay, she ended up earning a master’s degree in botany and then became a plann...

Grow a Modern ‘Victory Garden’

By Avalon Theisen Victory gardens were planted in World Wars I and II to supply fresh food at home because so much food was being sent to soldiers overseas. As the gardens grew, so did the people’s morale. Everyone was proud becau...

“Snowbirds” Defend Their Feathered Friends

Like the snowbirds they never expected to become, Margaret and Steve Santangelo return to the same beach every winter. And like their feathered friends, who often nest in colonies to protect each other from predators, the Santange...

SPOTLIGHT: SRI St. Petersburg

SRI St. Petersburg is accelerating technology R&D in ocean science, marine technology and port security with cutting-edge technologies that have applications far beyond these realms. Experts in chemical sensing, optical imagin...

Probing the Deep

From the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, cutting-edge research by Ocean Team scientists is gaining international acclaim. In the days and months following one of the nation’s worst environ...

Profile: Tom Ries Wins National Award

Some people are lucky enough to win the lottery and spend the rest of their lives doing whatever makes them happiest. Other people are even luckier – they spend their careers doing exactly what they want to do when they retire. To...

Spring-Breakers Help Restore Tampa Bay

Not all college students on break come to Florida for the beaches and parties. Ten students from Ohio State University (OSU) recently spent their spring break helping the Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves (TBAP) program with habitat res...

You Can Help Save the Frogs

By Avalon Theisen When you think of a frog, what comes to mind? Slimy? Hopping? Fly-eating? Green? Well, those things may describe some frogs, but did you know that frogs represent so much more? In fact, frogs represent the health...