Gregg Brooks is a Professor of Marine Science/Geosciences at Eckerd College (starting in 1990). His expertise is in sedimentology/geochronology with primary research interests focusing on the record of sediment input to coastal and marine systems resulting from both natural and anthropogenic influences. Since 2010, he has worked on the DwH oil spill in the NGoM with funding from the C-IMAGE (2011-2020) and DEEP-C (2011-2014) consortiums, and most recently (2018-2020) a single investigator grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). During this period, he has served as author or coauthor on five book chapters with one EC student as coauthor, 15 peer-reviewed publications with 15 EC student coauthors, and 87 conference presentations with 96 EC student coauthors. He regularly serves as formal mentor for >35 undergraduate EC students/year, and has served on >30 undergraduate thesis committees.
Patrick T. Schwing: Dr. Patrick Schwing is an Assistant Professor at EC. He is a marine geochemist and an expert in benthic foraminifera and sedimentary biogeochemistry. He has served as a member of the science party, co-chief, or chief scientist on 16 research cruises throughout the GoM since 2010. Dr. Schwing has also coordinated all GOMRI, C-IMAGE sediment collections amongst 13 domestic and international research partners. He is involved in projects in the GoM including characterizing benthic foraminiferal impact and recovery, and the establishment of GoM-wide environmental benthic baseline measurements. From these projects, he has published over 30 research products since 2015, all having been supported by undergraduate researchers and co-authors.
Rebekka A. Larson is a Research Scientist at EC, Marine Science with expertise in sedimentology, stratigraphy, geochronology, and sedimentary processes in coastal and marine environments. Her research focus is refining and developing methods and approaches of high-resolution investigation of sedimentary records of events in deep sea to coastal environments. She has extensive experience in field coordination, collection of field samples/data, and supervises/maintains the sedimentology and short-lived radioisotope laboratories at EC. This includes student training, management, and development associated with field sampling, lab analyses, and professional products. Her responsibilities also include data synthesis, interpretation and production of reports and publications for projects in the GoM and Caribbean.
Collaborator Steve Murwaski will engage with undergraduate students during the classroom and field portion of the course through 1) field methods training and preparation, 2) deployment, retrieval of equipment and processing of samples onboard the research vessel and 3) offer opportunities for students to engage with USF/CMS research. Dr. Murawski will coordinate with project personnel on the continuation of a demersal longline time series.
Collaborator Julie Richey will lead the investigation of seasonal and interannual variations in water column processes in the GoM using a sediment trap time series (2008–2020, and continuing with this course) of particulate flux. Dr. Richey will engage with students during the classroom and field components of this course, and offer opportunities for those students to engage with research at the USGS.
Tampa Bay Watch (TBW) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs. TBW trains and organizes citizen volunteers, students, at-risk youth, and civic organizations to participate in environmental projects while heightening community awareness of the fragile nature and importance of the environment. TBW implements environmental educational programs that serve groups who have historically experienced exclusion from opportunities in science and environmentalism and support efforts to ensure a diversified staff and Board.
Weather God: to facilitate good weather and sea conditions. Offerings are highly recommended.
Pocket Ninja: Lives on the multicore and facilitates deployments and operation of the multicore.