Science & Technology

FSU physics researchers break new ground, explore unknown energy regions

Florida State University physicists are using photon-proton collisions to capture particles in an unexplored energy region, yielding new insights into the matter that binds parts of the nucleus together. “We want to understand not just the nucleus, but everything that makes up the nucleus,” said FSU Professor of Physics Paul Eugenio. “We’re working to understand […]

FSU dedicates Chemical Sciences Laboratory auditorium in honor of Nobel Prize winner Kroto

Family, friends and former colleagues of the late Professor Sir Harold Kroto honored the Nobel Laureate’s memory by dedicating the auditorium of the FSU Chemical Sciences Laboratory in his honor Oct. 4. The auditorium dedication came at the end of the first day of a two-day symposium honoring Kroto’s work. “He was a gentleman, a […]

Electrical systems researcher joining Center for Advanced Power Systems

An international expert in the field of power systems and electronics will join Florida State University’s Center for Advanced Power Systems. Gian Carlo Montanari was a professor at University of Bologna for 35 years and has established himself in the field of solid insulating materials, power quality and power systems design and power electronics. “We […]

A molecular metamorphosis: Researcher develops method to change fundamental architecture of polymers

A Florida State University research team has developed methods to manipulate polymers in a way that changes their fundamental structure, paving the way for potential applications in cargo delivery and release, recyclable materials, shape-shifting soft robots, antimicrobials and more. “We are making a polymer completely change its architecture through a chemical response,” said FSU Assistant […]

FSU researchers: Multifactor models reveal worse picture of climate change impact on marine life

Rising ocean temperatures have long been linked to negative impacts for marine life, but a Florida State University team has found that the long-term outlook for many marine species is much more complex — and possibly bleaker — than scientists previously believed. FSU doctoral student Jennifer McHenry, Assistant Professor of Geography Sarah Lester and collaborators […]

FSU names community advisory board for Apalachicola Bay oyster project

Florida State University has assembled a 23-member community advisory board to help guide researchers as they embark on an ambitious 10-year initiative to restore Apalachicola Bay and revive the region’s imperiled oyster industry. “Appointing a board of community members is an important first step in the work FSU researchers will be doing to develop a […]

Research provides new insight into the critical roles of plankton in marine carbon storage

The sea is Earth’s most formidable carbon dioxide-storage machine, but mysteries still abound about the interlocking processes of that storage and the myriad organisms involved. Now, thanks to a series of papers published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, researchers at Florida State University are inching toward a clearer understanding of the ocean’s carbon […]

FSU researcher awarded early career fellowship

A Florida State University faculty member has been awarded a prestigious national fellowship, recognizing early career researchers who demonstrate exceptional leadership and promise for contributions to the fields of offshore energy system safety, community health or environmental stewardship. Mariana Fuentes, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, recently received the Gulf […]

FSU researcher receives early career fellowship for work on algal species

A Florida State University researcher has won an early career award for her work examining the abundance of algal species that are indistinguishable, even under a microscope. Assistant Professor of Biological Science Sophie McCoy received the Norma J. Lang Early Career Fellowship from the Phycological Society of America to explore the ecological differences and consequences […]

Kīlauea lava fuels phytoplankton bloom off Hawai‘i Island

When Kīlauea Volcano erupted in 2018, it injected millions of cubic feet of molten lava into the nutrient-poor waters off the Big Island of Hawai‘i. The lava-impacted seawater contained high concentrations of nutrients that stimulated phytoplankton growth, resulting in an extensive plume of microbes that was detectable by satellite. A Florida State University researcher was […]

An agricultural mystery: FSU researchers work to understand bacteria killing citrus trees

A team of biologists has put on their detective hats to investigate the complicated bacterium behind citrus greening, a problematic plant disease that has felled citrus orchards across Florida and threatened the Sunshine State’s once prosperous orange crop production. One problem: The bacteria that causes citrus greening — Liberibacter asiaticus — won’t grow in a […]

Deepwater Horizon oil buried in Gulf Coast beaches could take more than 30 years to biodegrade

Golf ball-size clods of weathered crude oil originating from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe could remain buried in sandy Gulf Coast beaches for decades, according to a new study by ecologists at Florida State University. In a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, FSU Professor of Oceanography Markus Huettel and graduate student Ioana Bociu […]