Jul 21, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Environmental Sciences

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Robyn Hannigan, Dean, PhD, University of Rochester

  • Biogeochemistry

Jennifer Bowen, PhD, Boston University

  • Microbial Ecology and Diversity

Robert E Bowen, PhD, University of Southern California

  • Environmental Policy and Management

Solange Brault, PhD, Imperial College

  • Population and Conservation Ecology

Michael Brookfield, University of Guelph

  • Geology

Jarrett Byrnes, PhD, University of California Davis

  • Marine Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function

Jessica Carilli, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  • Coastal Geochemistry

Robert F. Chen, PhD, University of California, San Diego

  • Organic Geochemistry/Marine Organic Chemistry

Alan Christian, PhD, Miami University

  • Freshwater Ecology

Amy Den Ouden, University of Connecticut

  • Women’s Studies

Wei Ding, PhD, University of Houston

  • Computer Science

Ellen Douglas, PhD, Tufts University

  • Water
  • Resources Science

John A. Duff, JD, Suffolk University Law School

  • Law and Marine Affairs

Ron Etter, PhD, Harvard University

  • Evolution and Ecology of Marine Invertebrates

Anamarija Frankic, PhD, College of William and Mary

  • Ocean and Coastal Ecosystem Management

Eugene D. Gallagher, PhD, University of Washington

  • Benthic Ecology
  • Statistics

Allen M. Gontz, PhD, University of Maine

  • Coastal Geography and Geophysics

Steven Gray, PhD, Rutgers University

  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
  • Environmental Learning

Nardia Haigh, PhD, University of Queensland 

  • Management and Marketing

Maria Ivanova, PhD, Yale University

  • Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

Richard Kesseli, PhD, University of California

  • Comparative Genomics
  • Molecular Evolution

ZhongPing Lee, PhD, University of South Florida

  • Optical Oceanography

David Levy, DBA, Harvard Business School

  • Organizational Theory
  • Business and Climate Change

Benyamin B. Lichtenstein, PhD, Boston College

  • Entrepreneurship and Management

Jose E. Martinez-Reyes, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

  • Environmental Anthropology

Cheryl Nixon, PhD, Harvard University

  • 18th Century Literature

Sarah D. Oktay, PhD, Texas A&M University

  • Chemical Oceanography (Part-time)

Curtis R. Olsen, PhD, Columbia University

  • Environmental Biogeochemistry

Helen C. Poynton, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

  • Molecular Ecotoxicology

Deyang Qu, PhD, University of Ottawa

  • Electrochemistry
  • Renewable Energy

Joshua L. Reid, PhD, University of California

  • History and the Environment

Michael Rex, PhD, Harvard University

  • Deep-Sea Ecology
  • Biogeography

Karen Ricciardi, PhD, University of Vermont

  • Operations Research
  • Groundwater Optimization

William E. Robinson, PhD, Northeastern University

  • Aquatic Toxicology

Michael P. Shiaris, PhD, University of Tennessee

  • Microbial Ecology
  • Environmental Microbiology

Crystal Schaaf, PhD, Boston University

  • Remote Sensing/GIS

Michael Shiaris, PhD, University of Tennessee

  • Marine Ecology

David G Terkla, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

  • Environmental and Resource Economics

David Timmons, PhD, University of Massachusetts 

  • Environmental and ecological economics

Juanita L Urban-Rich, PhD, University of Maryland

  • Zooplankton Ecology

Conevery Bolton Valencius, PhD, Harvard University

  • U.S. environmental history

Vesela Veleva, ScD, University of Massachusetts

  • Sustainability Indicators
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Environmental and Occupational Health

Jack Wiggin, Director, Urban Harbors Institute

Roberta L. Wollons,  PhD, University of Chicago

  • American Progressive Era History

Wei Zhang, PhD, University of Pittsburg

  • Chemistry

Meng Zhou, PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook

  • Physical Oceanography
  • Population and Behavior Dynamics

Programs and Facilities

The Doctoral Program in Environmental Sciences is a multidisciplinary PhD program, housed in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences (EEOS). The University’s Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences is also housed in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences (EEOS). The EEOS Department is unique in that it brings together faculty with expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, economics, management, planning, law, and policy into a single interdisciplinary academic unit to effectively address environmental, coastal, and ocean science issues, solve management problems, and advance scientific understanding and education at the interfaces of disciplines. The EEOS vision is to develop the nation’s leading interdisciplinary research and educational program that integrates the natural and social sciences to generate and apply new knowledge for understanding and managing the impacts of anthropogenic perturbation on linked watershed and coastal marine systems. Both the doctoral and master’s degree programs in Environmental Sciences train individuals for leadership roles as environmental scientists in the public and private sectors. Students prepare for careers in industry, government agencies, health-related fields, and university teaching and research. The program offers advanced course work, research, and other training in a broad spectrum of environmental problems in both the laboratory and the field.

The master’s program in Environmental Sciences offers concentrations in applied marine ecology, aquatic chemistry, aquatic toxicology, environmental microbiology, environmental policy and law, and physical oceanography. Students in the master’s program may choose either a thesis, nonthesis, or professional science option.

The UMass Boston campus is located on Boston Harbor within easy commuting distance of the residential areas of metropolitan Boston. Near the campus are island systems, protected bays, exposed open ocean areas, and Georges Bank. The University’s field stations in Gloucester and on Nantucket Island provide possible access to additional marine, aquatic, wetland, and terrestrial study sites and research instruments. Research facilities include modern, well-equipped laboratories, support facilities, the resources of the Healey Library’s science collection, computing facilities, and specialized equipment reflecting the research interests of the faculty.

Course Information

Graduate courses in the Department of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences are open to regularly matriculated students in the program, and to others with permission of individual course instructors.

In addition to the courses listed below as offered by the program, students in environmental sciences may take graduate courses and certain undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry, economics, mathematics, and physics as part of their program of study. Registration for these courses, including 500-level courses, requires the approval of both the student’s major advisor and the Graduate Program Director.


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