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Scientist Shares USGS Work Experience with Student Recruits


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Visiting students and Noah Silverman listen to a presentation aboard the research vessel Suncoaster.
Above: Visiting students and Noah Silverman (fourth from left) listen to a presentation aboard the research vessel Suncoaster. [larger version]

Noah Silverman collecting data for an intertidal-vegetation study in the Tampa Bay estuary.
Above: Noah Silverman collecting data for an intertidal-vegetation study in the Tampa Bay estuary. [larger version]

On March 20, Noah Silverman represented the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on a student-recruitment cruise conducted by the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science. For the past three years, the College of Marine Science has hosted visiting students whom the college would like to recruit. These potential candidates are the "cream of the crop" in their science departments and have backgrounds that fit with research needs and opportunities identified by the College of Marine Science faculty committee. This year, the student recruits came from as far away as Peru and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and from such schools as Michigan State University, the University of Maine, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina. The cruise was an opportunity for the students to experience time aboard a large (105 ft long) research vessel while interacting with local scientists from research organizations and governmental agencies within the Tampa Bay area, including the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the Florida Institute of Oceanography, the University of South Florida (USF) Center for Ocean Technology, and the USGS.

The students left the dock aboard the Florida Institute of Oceanography's research vessel Suncoaster at 9:30 a.m. for a tour of Tampa Bay that circled under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. They returned to the dock at 1:30 p.m. During the cruise, all the scientists spoke to the students about their work and how their organizations interact with the College of Marine Science. Noah, who is both a USGS scientist and a USF Marine Science student, shared his knowledge of ongoing USGS research and programs, as well as examples of collaboration between the USGS and USF and how these activities pertain specifically to students. Noah also provided students with samples of USGS work, including fact sheets and information about student appointments. Nadina Piehl, the USF Marine Science coordinator of the event, was grateful to have Noah as the USGS representative and said, "Noah was a tremendous help and influence to the prospective students." The students were extremely enthusiastic about ongoing USGS research, and several asked Noah about future possibilities of working with the USGS.


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