USGS Shares Coastal Hazards, Ecosystems Science with Local Community at the St. Petersburg Science Festival

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The St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center and the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center shared USGS science via live sessions and pre-recorded videos at the annual St. Pete Science Festival.

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Screenshots of SPCMSC scientists as they give virtual presentations to students at the St. Pete Science Fest during the festival’s “School Day” session on October 15, about how water shapes our beaches and how USGS studies and predicts storm impacts. (Public domain.)

For more than 10 years, the St. Petersburg Science Festival has showcased STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) activities with elementary school children and the public over a two-day event. WARC contributed six pre-recorded videos, including five videos on wetland science and a video highlighting Cuban treefrogs, which was created with help from WARC scientists Cayla Morningstar (CNSS) and Bones Glorioso. SPCMSC submitted three pre-recorded videos: a virtual tour of the USGS St. Pete office, “Secrets of the Sand on Barrier Islands,” and “What is Bathymetry?” filmed and produced with assistance from Chris Reich, James Evans, Sophie Chernoch, Lance Thornton, Emily Wei, Dan Ciarletta, Julie Bernier, and Chelsea Stalk. SPCMSC scientists Meg Palmsten and Michael Itzkin also conducted a live presentation during the festival’s “School Day” session about how water shapes our beaches and how USGS studies and predicts storm impacts. Learn more about the festival at

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