College or University: University of Massachusetts Boston
Type of degree: Ph.D.
Brief overview of program: The University of Massachusetts Boston is "The Environmental Campus" of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system, and the Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences Department (EEOS) is the campus' premier interdisciplinary environmental department. EEOS was officially established in September of 2004, from the merger of Environmental, Coastal and Ocean Sciences (EEOS), Earth and Geographic Sciences (E&GS) and the undergraduate Environmental Studies Program (uESP). EEOS, together with another newly-formed entity, the campus-wide Center for Environmental Health, Science and Technology (CEHST), are the two cornerstones of the University's vision for national preeminence in environmental research and academic programs.
The Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences Department (EEOS) integrates the natural and social sciences to generate and apply new knowledge about the quality of our environment and the sustainable use of its resources. It focuses on promoting integrated science, planning, policy, and education for understanding earth-system processes and managing the impacts of urbanization on linked watershed and coastal marine systems. The department's strong interdisciplinary makeup (natural and social sciences within the same department) and its focus on linked watershed-coastal systems are unique in the country.
Department facilities include the Applied Geographical Information Science (GIS) Center, the Center for Estuarine and Coastal Observation (CECO), the Trace Element analysis Facility, and the Laboratory of Theoretical, Computational and Observational Oceanography. In addition, the Department houses specialized laboratories for earth, ocean and environmental sciences, including state-of-the-art facilities for GC/MS, CHN analysis, forensic environmental analysis, hydrogeology, coastal geology, environmental toxicology, stable isotope sample preparation, benthic ecology and zooplankton analysis, as well as inshore/near shore research vessels.
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