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Expedition 84: Oceanography Camp Especially for Girls

R/V ANGARI and her crew welcomed aboard the Oceanography Camp Especially for Girls for three exciting days of hands-on oceanography training and fieldwork.

Science Mentors
Peer Mentors



June 12 – 14, 2024


St. Petersburg, FL


Science Team

Christa Baranowski
Teresa Greely
Ella Hasty
Cassidy Lechner
Alexandra Lee
Aaliyah Miller
Kiersten Scharfenberg
Marty Simms
Mike Sipes
Alexander Timpe

For the seventh year, R/V ANGARI and her crew welcomed aboard 30 inquisitive young scientists and their mentors for the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science’s Oceanography Camp Especially for Girls (OCG). Now in its 33rd year, OCG is an annual program delivering an enriching three-week summer camp for girls interested in exploring careers in oceanography and marine science. OCG is available to young women entering high school in Pinellas County and provides immersive hands-on learning opportunities for women and minorities that are commonly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Led by USF science mentors, OCG gives girls an opportunity to gain real-world experience in oceanography while developing problem solving, communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

During intensive three-days of research cruises onboard R/V ANGARI, groups of campers and their science and peer mentors visit and conduct research at three different stations within Tampa Bay during day-long expeditions. At each station, the participants gathered environmental data using a YSI probe, Secchi disk, anemometers and visual observation. The young oceanographers also used Niskin bottles to collect water samples that were then transferred to R/V ANGARI’s wet lab where the campers analyzed their nutrient concentrations. The campers also participated in deploying and recovering a Ponar grab sampler for sediment, and plankton tows and otter trawls that enabled them to collect marine organisms ranging from microscopic plankton to benthic mollusks and a variety of fish species. The data and samples collected during the research cruises contribute to the camper’s final projects that are presented at the end of the summer.

Thank you to the Florida Institute of Oceanography and the University of South Florida College of Marine Science for supporting this expedition by providing scientific gear and dockage for R/V ANGARI.


Camp Director Teresa Greely

Dr. Teresa Greely is a Biological Oceanographer and Science Educator at the University of South Florida where she provides expertise in the areas of biological oceanography, ecological physiology, marine fishes and ocean science education. She has broad research interests that encompass teaching and training about the ocean sciences in three areas: graduate and undergraduate education, teacher education and ocean literacy amongst youth.

Dr. Greely currently coordinates four education programs: The Oceanography Camp Especially for Girls (OCG), the In-service Teacher Oceanography Workshops (In-TOW), the National Ocean Science Bowl’s regional Spoonbill Bowl competition and the OCEANS Teaching Fellowships.

Oceanography Camp For Girls


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