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

Marine Sciences and Technology

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Boston Faculty

Gregory Beck (Biology Department), PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook

  • Evolutionary Immunology

Robert E. Bowen (EEOS Department), PhD, University of Southern California

  • Environmental Policy and Management

Solange Brault (Biology Department), PhD, University of London

  • Population and Conservation Ecology

Robert F. Chen (EEOS Department), PhD, University of California, San Diego

  • Organic Geochemistry/Marine Organic Chemistry
  • Environmental Education

John A. Duff (EEOS Department), JD, Suffolk University

  • Law and Marine Affairs

Ron J. Etter (Biology Department), 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 (EEOS Department), PhD, University of Washington

  • Benthic Ecology
  • Environmental Statistics
  • Marine Community Structure

George B. Gardner (EEOS Department), PhD, University of Washington

  • Physical Oceanography (Part-time)

Allen Gontz (EEOS Department), PhD, University of Maine

  • Coastal Geology

William Hagar (Biology Department), PhD, Temple University

  • Environmental Monitoring and Photobiology

John F. Looney, Jr. (EEOS Department), EdD, Boston University

  • Estuaries/Science Education

Sarah D. Oktay (Nantucket Field Station), PhD, Texas A&M University

  • Chemical Oceanography (Part-time)

Curtis R. Olsen (EEOS Department), PhD, Columbia University

  • Environmental Biogeochemistry

Michael A. Rex (Biology Department), PhD, Harvard University

  • Deep-Sea Biology

William E. Robinson (EEOS Department), PhD, Northeastern University

  • Aquatic and Environmental Toxicology

Michael P. Shiaris (Biology Department), PhD, University of Tennessee

  • Microbial Ecology

David G. Terkla (EEOS and Economics Departments), PhD, University of California, Berkeley

  • Environmental and Resource Economics

Yong Qian Tian (EEOS Department), PhD, University of Waikato

  • GIS
  • Computer Modeling

Juanita L. Urban-Rich (EEOS Department), PhD, University of Maryland

  • Zooplankton Ecology

Xuchen Wang (EEOS Department), PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook

  • Geochemistry and Carbon Isotope Geochemistry (Part-time)

Jack Wiggin (Urban Harbors Institute), MS, Boston State College

The Programs

The UMass School of Marine Sciences (SMS) is a unique program offered cooperatively by four University of Massachusetts campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell). It awards both master’s (MS) and doctoral (PhD) degrees in marine sciences and technology. Students graduating from SMS receive a joint degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell. The degree programs are grounded in a broad, integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the study of marine sciences and technology. Students located at the four participating campuses are required to complete core courses selected from the natural and social sciences to equip them for interdisciplinary studies and research before focusing upon an area of concentration.

The programs prepare students for employment opportunities in the private and governmental sectors and academia. Emphasis is placed on the education of researchers and scholars who will contribute not only to basic research but also to the application of that research in a coherent approach to resource management and economic development issues.

Combining facilities and resources on four campuses into a single, coherent graduate program greatly expands the opportunities for SMS students. Students have access to a much greater range of education and research opportunities, expertise, and facilities than exists on one campus alone. Each campus has a number of departments and interdepartmental programs with areas of strength in marine sciences–related teaching, research, and outreach that either complement or constitute critical units of SMS.

SMS is also closely affiliated with a number of on-campus research centers and institutes and off-campus marine research facilities, expanding its realm of research opportunities and resources.


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