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OCEANOGRAPHY
    Newsletter Number 21                                                 Winter/ Spring 2001


                 Headline News in the Department
                                                                                                                 Inside this Issue:
                              Featured Faculty Member                                                       Around the OSB, page 3

                              Dr. Nancy Marcus                                                             Current Activities, page 4
                                                                                                                Alumni News, page 7


             Stroll down the quiet halls of the      accomplishments in her chosen field of study               In addition, research on the resting
    fifth floor of Florida State University’s        and rightfully so. Dr. Nancy Marcus was           phase (diapause) has led to a way to produce
    Oceanography-Statistics Building and you         awarded her undergraduate degree from             copepods in a laboratory environment. As Dr.
    will see charts, photographs, and research       Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland in         Marcus explains, “...lab reared copepods
    posters at every turn. Behind the closed         1972. She continued on to earn her doctorate      provide food sources for raising fish needed
    doors to the various labs, students and their    from Yale University in 1976, where she           in marine aquaria and in the food industry.”
    instructors conduct research and experiments     specialized in the study of ecology and           Dr. Marcus has a wealth of knowledge and
    in biological oceanography. Even in the late     evolutionary biology.                             experience in this area, and her dedication to
    night hours, it is common to find students                                                         sharing this knowledge with others is
    and teachers in lab coats and goggles                      Her outstanding achievements in         exemplary. Her recent efforts have involved
    examining mixtures and looking over              her studies earned her a prized Post-Doctoral     the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
    countless pages of data. With such a             Fellowship to Woods Hole Oceanographic            and the joint FSU-FAMU College of
    knowledgeable and dedicated faculty and          Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts. Only         Engineering. The focus of the program is to
    the finest students, it is no wonder that this   two years passed before Dr. Nancy Marcus          develop low-cost circulation systems for
    department achieves so many honors and           was promoted and became a member of the           marine and brackish species. The program is
    awards. Students, staff, and visitors to the     scientific staff. She spent nine years there as   currently looking toward ways to establish
    department see first hand the kind of            an Assistant Scientist and then as an             land-based rearing system so as to protect the
    leadership and professionalism required of       Associate Scientist. Dr. Marcus also had the      delicate coastal areas.
    the faculty here at Florida State University     chance to teach while at WHOI.
    Department of Oceanography. Dr. Nancy                                                                  Dr. Nancy Marcus is passionate about the
    Marcus is one of the outstanding faculty                   In 1987, Dr. Nancy Marcus joined        subjects she has dedicated the majority of her
    members of this department. Dr. Marcus           Florida State University’s Department of          life to. Walk down our halls and pass room
    speaks highly of the FSU Department of           Oceanography as an associate professor. At        511 and you will likely see her working quietly
    Oceanography and is very proud of her            FSU she continued her work studying the           behind her desk. She may also be found
                                                     life history of marine organisms to better        checking on her students diligently at work in
                                                     understand the population dynamics in the         her lab. Let us never forget her profound
                                                     field. Much of her work, then and even now,       influence on students as she shares her
                                                     deals with copepods. As Dr. Marcus explains,      knowledge in the classroom setting. Dr. Nancy
                                                     “Copepods are mesozooplankton and are             H. Marcus is one of FSU Oceanography’s
                                                     critically important parts of the food web.       finest and the entire department is happy to
                                                     Understanding their distribution and              have her on board.
                                                     abundance is vital. Particularly in coastal
                                                     areas where a resting phase occurs,
                                                     understanding the details of what controls
                                                     the resting phase, what affects recruitment,
                                                     and what the survival factors may be, is very
                                                     important.”
    H onors
    Grants                                          Students Recognized                      Dr. David Thistle
                                                                                             May, 2000,
    Dr. William Landing                             The following students received the      “The role of biologically produced
    NSF, April, 2000-March, 2003;                   Outstanding Graduate Student structure in the organization of deep-
    $208,000                                        Award for 2000/2001. Each of these sea soft-bottom communities.”
    “Influences of atmospheric deposition,          students will receive a $50.00 cash Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar
    organic complexation, and the                   prize. For candidates not already Research,
    photochemical processes on the redox            members, a nomination to the Society Bremerhaven, Germany
    cycle of iron in surface waters.”               of the Sigma Xi, a scientific honor
                                                    society, will be included. Students also May, 2000,
    Dr. William Landing                             received a pin in recognition of this “The role of biologically produced
    Florida State University Cornerstone            acheivement. Congratulations!!!          structure in the organization of deep-
    Program, Program Enhancement                                                             sea soft-bottom communities.”
    Grant, April, 2000-March, 2002;                 Lia Chasar,                              Institute for Marine Biology at the
    $100,000                                        (Chemical Oceanography)                  University of Rostok, and the
    “Developing              solid-state                                                     Department of Zoology at the
    microelectrode and optical waveguide            Paige A. Leitman,                        University of Vienna,
    sensors for measuring trace elements            (Biological Oceanography)                Vienna, Austria
    and redox species in natural and
    contaminated waters.”                Charles Tilburg,                                      October, 2000,
                                         (Physical Oceanography)                               “Deep-sea biology”
                                                                                               Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    Dr. Nancy Marcus                                These students were each recognized        San Diego, CA
    NSF, May, 2000-April, 2001;,                    before the entire department at the
    (expected 3 years) $330,000                     Annual Oceanography Department             Dr. Melvin Stern
    “An empirical and modeling analysis             Holiday Luncheon. Faculty, staff, and      August, 2000,
    of the impact of hypoxia on copepod             students enjoyed a feast of foods at the   “3D salt fingers in an unbounded
    population dynamics.”                           “pot-luck” event. Special thanks goes      thermoclinewith application to the
                                                    out to Linda Carter and Rose Woodham       central ocean.”
                                                    for organizing, and promoting this         WHOI
                                                    wonderful social activity. Thanks to       Woods Hole, MA
    Recent Honors                                   all who brought treats to share!
                                                                                               Dr. William Landing
    Dr. Allan J. Clarke                             Recent Invited Presentations               October, 2000,
    2000,                                                                                      “Atmospheric transport and
    Fellow- Royal Meteorological                    Dr. Allan J. Clarke                        deposition of mercury in Florida.”
    Society                                         June, 2000,                                American Chemical Society,
                                                    “A simple El Nino/ Southern                Jacksonville Section
    2001,                                           Oscillation(ENSO) prediction model.”       Jacksonville, FL
    Fellow- American Meteorological                 COAPS, CSIT Seminar, FSU
    Society                                         Tallahassee, FL                            October, 2000,
                                                                                               “Factors affecting dissolved iron
    Dr. Nancy H. Marcus                             June, 2000,                                concentrations in the tropical
    2000,                                           “On the Spring Persistence Barrier in      Atlantic Ocean.”
    Chair-Elect- Board on Oceans and                ENSO.”                                     Department of Chemistry, UNF
    Atmospheres.                                    National Center for Atmospheric            Jacksonville, FL
                                                    Reaearch/ University Corporation for
    Dr. Georges Weatherly                           Atmospheric Research                       Dr. Georges Weatherly
    2000,                                           Boulder, CO                                October, 2000,
    Board of Editors- Oceanology                                                               “Observations of abyssal eddies in
                                                    June, 2000,                                the Brazil Basin.”
    2001,                                           “On the Spring Persistence Barrier in      Joint GFDI- Oceanography Seminar
    Fellow- Russian Academy of                      ENSO.”                                     Tallahassee, FL
    Sciences                                        University of Washington, PMEL
                                                    Seattle, WA                           Dr. Bezhad Mortazavi and Dr.
                                                                                          Jeff Chanton
    This newsletter produced by the Florida State   July, 2000,                           November, 2000,
    University, Dept. of Oceanography. Please       “Application of a new El Nino “Isotopic studies at Ameriflux tower
    visit our website at: www.ocean.fsu.edu         prediction method to the Southeastern sites: Estimating CO2 exchange.”
                                                    U.S.”                                 NIGEC
    Chair: Dr. David Thistle                        SouthEastern Virtual Consortium for Gainesville, FL
    Newsletter Editor: Shannon P. Wiley             Extreme Event Research (SEVEER)
                                                    Tallahassee, FL

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   My What a Beautiful Rose!
                                                  be some of the finest around. When asked        ten years until she decided to retire in 1997.
                                                  about Rose, Linda Carter (Coordinator of        It took only one year before Rose realized
                                                  Administrative Services) responded: “Rose       that retirement was not the answer she was
                                                  is one of the hardest workers I know. I         looking for. Even with her hobbies, which
                                                  consider her a friend on a professional and     include gardening and volunteering for her
                                                  a personal level. She is a real joy to know.”   church, she quickly became bored with the
                                                            This should come as no suprise as     relaxing lifestyle she had once looked
                                                  Rose Woodham is no stranger to hard             forward to.
                                                  work. She speaks proudly of her forty-                    Rose has spent twenty five years
                                                  seven year marriage to her husband Happy.       serving as a volunteer for the National
                                                  When asked what she feels makes her             Cancer Society. She continues to remain
                                                  married life so successful, she replies “lots   active in her church and volunteers
  Rose and Happy Woodham spend time together
                                                  of hard work, that’s what it takes.”            regularly. She spends much time with her
        on a sunny Tallahassee afternoon.
                                                            Rose moved to Tallahassee in          family and even works in the garden when
                                                  1949 from her home town of Jacksonville,        she can find a free Sunday. Rose has a long
          She is a quiet, thoughtful, and mild    Florida. She worked for a Tallahassee           history with the oceanography department,
mannered lady. The way she carries herself,       electrical contractor for several years         and she is happy to compliment the work of
her positive outlook on life, her pleasant        before taking time off to raise her daughter    Dr. David Thistle and the outstanding
smile, all make Rose Woodham a gift to            Peggy. Early in February of 1986, Rose          faculty and staff in this department. In 1999
this department. Many of the students,            became part of the Florida State University     Rose was recognized by the FSU College of
faculty, and staff know little about her          Department of Meteorology. Her role             Arts and Sciences for her dedication and
dedication to the Florida State University,       involved the Mesoscale Air-Sea Interaction      “Exemplary Service” to the people of
Department of Oceanography. Among her             Group. In November of 1988, Rose packed         Florida State University. The department is
many resposibilities, Rose prides herself on      up her things and moved downstairs one          blessed to have such a wonderful and
her work with thirty grants and her ability       floor, to join the growing Department of        talented person as a part of our family.
to oversee and regulate two major budgets         Oceanography. At that time Rose found a
within this department. Her colleagues find       close friend in her office mate Linda. Rose
her knowledge and organizational skills to        remained a part of the department for over

Around the OSB
                                                                                                              WELCOME!
                                                              Several places in our halls now
                                                    have new large cork display boards to                Rick Lumpkin is a visiting Assistant
                                                    allow postings to go up even more often       in Research in the FSU Department of
                                                    during the year. The many projects taking     Oceanography. He arrived in Tallahassee in
                                                    place around us each day are helping to       April of last year after completing a
                                                    make the labs, offices, and the building as   postdoctoral research position at the French
                                                    a whole more functional.                      Institute for Oceanographic Research
                                                              Many of our faculty and staff       (IFREMER) in Plouzane, France. Rick is
                                                    found a nice surprise after returning from    working with Kevin Speer on an NSF-funded
                                                    the first weekend break in September. The     project to study water mass formation and
                                                    modifications to the parking and traffic      propagation and distribution of diapycnic
                                                    situation on campus called for the metered    mixing in a box-inverse model of the North
                                                    lot off Woodward Ave. to become a newly       Atlantic Ocean.
                                                    designated faculty and staff lot. This adds
                                                    more than thirty spaces for faculty parking            Rick received his PH.D. from the
           Many new and exciting things are         and a convenience seldom found on a           University of Hawaii, Manoa in December of
happening around the OSB. The most recent           university campus. Our thanks to the          1998. While he misses the surf of Waikiki and
fourth-floor rennovations are nearing               university for this much needed change!       the bread and cheese of France, he and his
completion. Several of the offices have been        The OSB is proudly sporting new and           lovely wife are enjoying the freindly nature of
given a fresh coat of paint in addition to new      faster printers. The work room now houses     their Tallahassee neighbors. They are also
carpeting. One major change on the fifth            two brand new copiers, including a full       making the most of their ability to speak
floor is the addition of an access door through     color printer. These items are wonderful      fluent English. A warm welcome goes out to
room 542 to the main hall. Despite some             and much appreciated additions to our labs    Rick and his family!
noise and a little dust, the project was            and offices! The department continues to
completed with little disruption.                   enjoy the newest technology.


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    P Rofessional activities
                                                                                   Leitman, P. A., Proctor, L. M., in
                                                                                   press. Biodegradation of weathered
                                                                                   orimulsion and fuel oil #6 by marine
     Proctor, L. M., R. P. Gunsalus,                                               sediment bacteria. Biodegradation.
     2000. The light organ sym-
     bionts, Vibrio fischeri, Photo-
     bacterium leiognathi and free-                                                Weatherly, G. L., Y.Y. Kim, E. Kontar,
     living Vibrio harveyi respire                                                 2000. Eulerian measurements of the
     nitrate, fumarate and trimethy-                                               North Atlantic Deep Water Deep
     lamine n-oxide (TMAO) for                                                     Western Boundary Current at 18 S.
     anaerobic growth: ecological                                                  J. Phys. Oceanography 30, 971-986.
     implications. Environmental
     Microbiology 2: 399-406.
     Proctor, L. M., A. C. Souza, in                                               Holger Dierssen was a Ph. D. student
     press. Method for enumeration                                                 under Professor Wofgang Balzer at
     of 5-cyano-2,3-ditoyl tetrazo-                                                the University of Bremen (Germany),
     lium chloride (CTC)-active                                                    Department of Chemistry. This work
     cells and cell specific CTC ac-      Speer, K., S. R. Rintoul, B. Sloyan,
                                          2000. The diabatic Deacon Cell.          was done while Holger was a visiting
     tivity of benthic bacteria in riv-                                            researcher in Dr. Landing’s lab during
     erine, estuarine, and coastal        J. Phys. Oceanogr. 30: 3212-3222.
                                                                                   the summer of 1997.
     sediments. Journal of Micro-
     biological Methods.                  Stern, M. E., 2000. Scattering of an
                                          eddy advected by a current toward a
                                          topographic obstacle.                    Dierssen H., W. Balzer, W. M.
     Proctor, L. M.,G. Schaefer, W.                                                Landing, in press. Simplified synthesis
     Landing, in press. Evaluating        J. Fluid Mechanics 402: 211-223.
                                                                                   of a cation- chelating resin: application
     the bioavailability of dissolved                                              to trace metal profiles from Jellyfish
     organic phosphorus in the Flor-      Stern, M. E., E. P. Chasignet, 2000.
                                          Mechanism of eddy separation from        Lake, Palau. Marine Chemistry.
     ida Everglades using native
     bacterial and reference en-          coastal currents.
     zymes. Biodegradation.               J. Mar. Res. 58: 269-295.
                                                                                   Dr. Jane Guentzel was a Ph. D. student
                                          Radko, T., M. E. Stern, 2000. Self       working under W. M. Landing prior to
     Proctor, L. M., E. Toy, J. P.                                                 graduating in 1997.
     Chanton, in press. Enhance-          propogating eddies on the stratified f
     ment of Orimulsion biodegra-         plane. J. Phys. Oceanogr.
     dation through the addition of                                                Guentzel, J. L., W. M. Landing, G. A.
     natural marine carbon sub-           Radko, T., M. E. Stern, 2000. Finite
                                          amplitude salt fingers in a vertically   Gill, C. D. Pollman, in press.
     strates. Environmental Science                                                Processes influencing rainfall
     and Technology.                      bounded layer.
                                          J. Fluid Mechanics 410: 1-28.            deposition of mercury in Florida.
     Mercier, H., G. L. Weatherly,                                                 Environmental        Science     and
     2000. Bottom water through-                                                   Technology.
     flows at the Rio de Janeiro and      Dr. Behzad Mortazavi was a Ph. D.
     Rio Grande fracture zones.           student with Dr. Iverson. His work
     Geophys. Res. Letters                was done under a grant from the          Pizarro, O., A. J. Clarke, S. Van
     27: 1503-1506.                       Northwest Florida Water Management       Gorder, 2000. El Nino and sea level-
                                          District to Dr. Iverson and Dr.          currents along the South American
     Sandoval, F., G.L. Weatherly,        Landing.                                 coast: Comparison of observations
     2000. Evolution of the Deep                                                   with theory. J. Phys. Oceanogr.
     Western Boundary Current of
     Antarctic bottom water in the        Mortazavi, B., R. L. Iverson, W. M.
     Brazil Basin. J.Phys.Oceanog.        Landing, F. G. Lewis, W. Huang, 2000.    Clarke, A. J., S. Van Gorder, 2000.
                                          Control of phytoplankton production      ENSO prediction using and ENSO
                                          and biomass in a river dominated         trigger. Geophys. Res. Letters.
                                          estuary: Apalachicola Bay, Florida,
                                          USA. Marine Ecology Progress Series
                                          198: 19-31.
                                          Mortazavi, B., R. L. Iverson, W. M.      Additional Publication and Seminar Information found
                                          Landing, W. Huang, 2000. Phosphorus      on page 7.
                                          budget of Apalachicola Bay: a river-
                                          dominated estuary in the Northeastern
                                          Gulf of Mexico. Marine Ecology
                                          Progress Series 198: 33-42.


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Dr. Andreas Thurnherr joined Dr. Kevin Speer’s group                  The data, which were collected in              A detailed assessment of the
as a post-doctoral researcher in July 2000. His main        the course of two scientific cruises, include   uncertainties in the mean hydrography (a
research interests are the physical processes taking        hydrographic, LADCP (velocity), and             combination of measurement uncertainties and
place in the vicinity of mid-ocean ridges, including
diapycnal mixing, sill flows, boundary currents, internal
                                                            plume-particle surveys as well as current-      temporal variability), which is required for
waves and tides, as well as the effects of geothermal       meter records. In addition to analysing the     diagnosing fluxes, is one of the primary goals
heating on the oceanic water column. Dr. Thurnherr is       data, I developed a simple analytical and       of the project. Given the magnitude of the
currently working on an inversion of historical             numerical model of the rift-valley flow. One    diapycnal fluxes in the vicinity of the MAR
hydrographic data from the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
with the goal to determine the mean circulation on the
                                                            of the principal conclusions of the             (inferred from microstructure measurements
ridge flanks and over the crest, cross-ridge transport      investigation is the observation that           and hydrographic budgets), it may be possible
through fracture zones as well as diapycnal fluxes.         diapycnal mixing in the rift valley balances    to diagnose them by fitting a suitably
                                                            significant (order 0.1Sv) inflow of dense       constructed model to the available data with
                                                            water into the segment. The downward            inverse techniques.
                                                            diffusion of heat maintains persistent (on
                                                            multi-year to multi-decade time scales)
          The mid-ocean ridge system is the                 along-segment hydrographic gradients and
largest continuous mountain chain on Earth,                 flow (see figure). Geothermal heating, on
extending over 60,000 km and across all                     the other hand, does not appear to
major ocean basins. The ridges, which are                   significantly impact the major observed
typically about 3km high, mark the boundaries               patterns. Similar along-valley hydrographic
of spreading tectonic plates where new oceanic              gradients have been observed in other
lithosphere is formed. Both the high level of               segments of the MAR and in canyons on the
mixing associated with the rough topography                 ridge flank, while persistent unidirectional
of the ridges and the geothermal heat fluxes                flows have been observed in at least one
associated with the underlying plate                        additional segment as well as in fracture
boundaries force the oceanic circulation on a               zones. Such strong and persistent diapycnal
large range of spatial scales. Hydrothermal                 fluxes should have profound effects on the
inputs of heat and chemicals furthermore                    dynamics outside the rift valley.
support distinct and fascinating ecosystems
and are of primary importance for a number                         I have joined Dr. Speer’s group to
of chemical cycles in the ocean.                            carry out an investigation of the flow on the
                                                            flanks and over the crest of the southern
       My thesis work, conducted at the                     MAR between 5o S and 35o S (see figure).
Southampton Oceanography Centre in the                      Preliminary observations from a comparison
UK, concentrated on the processes controlling               of repeat sections suggest persistent
the hydrography and flow in the rift valley of              hydrographic patterns below 2000 m.
the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR). The main
focus of the investigation was an analysis and
interpretation of a collection of data sets from
two segments of the MAR near 36o N.




                                                                                                              Funding for this project is provided by
                                                                                                              the WOCE Deep-Basin Experiment.




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    T RAVEL
               Dr. Lita Proctor conducted a
     research and teaching cruise on the northern
     Gulf of Mexico shelf in October, 2000, for
     her students in Benthic Microbial Ecology.
     Students shared in the fun, fellowship, and
     learning on two 3-day research cruises
     aboard Florida Institute of Oceanography’s
     R/V Suncoaster. Chris Sedlacek (top right)
     readies the Niskin bottles on the CTD rosette.
     Chris made the most of his experience and
     eagerly joined in the action. Paulo Barrocas
     and Afonso Souza (below) work hard to
     bring in a plankton net. Students spent
     countless hours on deck participating in the
     sampling activities and assisting in the many
     duties involved in a research cruise. Dr.
     Proctor had glowing reviews of the outing.
     “This was the first time I had taken one of
     my classes out on a ship. It was also a
     unique opportunity for many of the students,
     who had never done seagoing research.
     Given the inclement weather at the start of
     the cruise, there was much uncertainty about
     how things would go. Some of the students
     found that, due to the harsh weather and the
     cramped lab quarters, it was often difficult
     to conduct research at sea. But it only took
     a couple of days before they all felt like ‘old
     salts’.”
                                -Dr. Lita Proctor




    At right: Danielle Harvey hoists the Otter trawl net
    onboard. Having many years experience in sailing,
    Danielle was no stranger to this kind of hard work!
    Students gather around (bottom right) to look over
    the many treasures uncovered after the contents of
    the Otter trawl were brought on deck. Other student
    participants: Linda Gensel, Paul Hansard (DEP), Joe
    James (Gulf Breeze EPA), Lainie Petrie. Other
    cruise participants included Jennifer Cherrier’s
    (FAMU) Principles in Ecology class.




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                                                                                     A   lumni News
                                           “Impacts of competing microbial                    In the year 2001, The Florida
                                           respiration pathways on the fate of       State University will mark its
                                           uranium in contaminated sediments”,       sesquicentennial anniversary. The
                                           6/01/00-6/01/01, $10,000, Oak Ridge       celebration began on the 24th of
                                           Associated Universities- Ralph A.         January, the date the Florida
    Additional Publications                                                          Legislature created the original
                                           Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement
Corbett, D.R., K. Dillon, W. C. Burnett,                                             institution, The Seminary West of the
2000. Tracing groundwater flow on a Award, (PI)
barrier island in the northeast Gulf of                                              Suwannee River, in 1851. Standing
Mexico. Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Collaborative project to study an              on its original location in Florida’s
Science 51: 227-242.                                                                 capital city, the Florida State
                                           improved soil test for potassium”, 2/1/
Corbett, D.R., K. Dillon, W. Burnett, 00-2/1/03, USDA, $45,000 (co-PI)               University marks the oldest
J. Chanton, 2000. Estimating the                                                     continuous site of higher education in
groundwater contribution into                                                        the state. As a principal founder,
Florida Bay via natural tracers 222Rn                                                Francis Eppes, grandson of Thomas
and CH4. Limnology & Oceanography                     Dr. Joel Kostka
45: 1546-1557.                                                                       Jefferson, helped to establish an
                                                 In July of 2000, Dr. Kostka         institution that has evolved into a
Kim, G., W. C. Burnett, E. P. Horwitz,                                               comprehensive, graduate-research
2000. Efficient preconcentration and       traveled to the American Society of
separation of actinide elements from Limnology and Oceanography summer               university. The Carnegie Foundation
large soil and sediment samples. meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.                     ranks Florida State as a Research I
Analytical Chemistry 72: 4882-4887.                                                  institution, the highest category for a
                                           There he presented a talk on
Burnett, W. C., J. Christoff, B. Stewart, “Respiration of FE(III) vs. Sulfate        graduate research institution.
T. Winters, P. Wilbur, 2000. Reliable Coupled to Organic Matter                               With a solid liberal arts base
gross alpha/beta analysis of                                                         that was firmly established by the
environmental samples via liquid Remineralization in Salt Marsh                      Florida State College for Women –
scintillation counting. Radioactivity Sediments. At the ASLO meetings, he
& Radiochemistry 11: 10-26.                was also coauthor on a seminar given      the first Florida institution to be
                                                                                     awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
King, J. K., J. E. Kostka, M. E. Frischer, by collaborator Britta Gribsholt,         – FSU has 17 outstanding colleges
F.M. Saunders, 2000. Sulfate reducing formerly a visiting student scholar in
bacteria methylate mercury at variable the oceanography department at FSU.           and schools. The Sesquicentennial
rates in pure culture and in marine This seminar was entitled, “The                  Celebration is designed to highlight
sediments. Applied and Environmental                                                 the numerous achievements,
Microbiology 66:2430                       Impacts of Bioturbation on Microbial
                                           Respiration in Saltmarsh Sediments.”      distinguished faculty, notable alumni,
                                           Also in July, 2000, Dr. Kostka            and outstanding students in each of
                                                                                     these colleges/schools.
Additional Grant Information presented an invited talk at the                                 Kick-off for this yearlong
                                           University of Southern Denmark in
                                           Odense. The title of his seminar was,     celebration was held on January 24,
Dr. Joel Kostka                                                                      2001 on the Westcott Plaza. The
                                           “The Role of Bacterial Iron Reduction
“Impacts of mineralogy and competing                                                 ceremony complete with FSU fanfare,
                                           in the Carbon and Nutrient Cycles of
microbial respiration pathways on the                                                was followed by outdoor activities
                                           Soils.”
fate of uranium in contaminated                                                      and a Westcott open house. On
groundwater”, 9/15/00-9/14/03, DOE,                                                  February 26, 2001 the world-
                                                   On December 8th, 2000, Dr.
$790,265 (PI)                                                                        renowned Boston Pops Esplanade
                                           Kostka presented an invited talk at the
                                                                                     Orchestra will play for a one-time-
“Redox processes in soils irrigated Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama                only concert in Doak Campbell
with reclaimed sewage effluents: field entitled, “Quantitative Impacts of            Stadium in conjunction with
cycles and basic mechanisms”, 1/15/ Higher Organisms on Sediment                     Tallahassee: Seven Days of Opening
00-1/14/03, $139,400, USDA-BARD Biogeochemistry in the Saltmarsh.”                   Nights.
(co-PI)



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                                                View          from
                                                             the Bridge

    Degree Conferred
                                                 The department has been space tight for the past 22 years that I have been here
    Francisco Sandoval completed         and probably since its inception. Every chair and perhaps every staff member has come to
    the requirements for his Ph.D.       the conclusion that closing in the patio area on the first floor would make very good
    August, 2000.                        sense. Well, after lots of requests by many chairs, the university has finally agreed to
                                         “build out” the first floor. Our share will be four offices on the first floor and room 001 in
                                         the basement, for a total increase of about 1800 sq. ft. The construction will take place
                                         during the summer 2001 for occupancy in the fall. The timing could not be better because
    Please join us in celebrating 150    the dean has given the department permission to search for a successor to Tony Sturges
    years of Florida State University.   (who will retire from the teaching faculty in May). The dean has also said that the
    Call 850-644-0150 or visit           department can increase the total number of faculty. We have been steady at 18 members
                                         for the past 10 years and are very excited about the opportunity to grow. The faculty is
    www.fsu.edu/~150 for more            debating the best approach to take. I’ll report the plans in a coming newsletter.
    information.
                                                 The university is reviewing each department in turn, and we will go through the
                                         process in the early spring. The reviewing entities are the Board of Regents, the Graduate
                                         Policy Council, and the Provost. I have spent most of my chair’s time this fall preparing
                                         the review documents wit the help of Michaela Lupiani, Linda Carter, and the Executive
                                         Committee. As a part of it, I have had to collect information on the present status of our
                                         alumni/ae. Thanks very much to those of you who have kept us posted on what you are
                                         doing. Both the department and the document seem to be in good shape. I’ll let you
                                         know how the review comes out.

                                                It was a pleasure to have Flip Froelich spend his sabbatical semester in the
                                         department this fall. Flip was a member of the chemical oceanography faculty. He left the
                                         department in the 1980’s and is now at Georgia Tech. Let me close by congratulating
                                         George Weatherly. He has jus been elected to the Russian Academy of Science and is in
                                         Moscow being inducted!




                                         Florida State University
                                         Department of Oceanography
                                         Tallahassee, Florida 32306-4320




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