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Oceanography: specialization in Marine Biology

College or University: University of Hawaii at Manoa

Type of degree: Ph.D.

Brief overview of program: Students who apply to the graduate programs in botany, microbiology, oceanography, or zoology at the University of Hawaii may choose to specialize in marine biology. The marine biology specialization allows students to interact with an interdisciplinary group of faculty in the above programs rather than with the faculty from only one or two of these areas. The purpose of the specialization is therefore to give the student greater flexibility in choosing the faculty who will serve as mentors on his/her MS or PhD committee. Areas of expertise of the marine biology graduate faculty include aquaculture, behavior, biosystematics, botany, cognition, ecology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, biological oceanography, fisheries, coral reef biology and zoology. Students who wish to specialize in marine biology must apply to and be accepted by either the botany, microbiology, oceanography, or zoology fields of study. Applications from students who have been accepted by one of these programs and who have indicated a desire to specialize in marine biology are reviewed by the Marine Biology Admissions Committee, which decides which students will be accepted into the area of specialization. Coursework required for completion of the student's graduate degree is determined by the requirements of the students graduate field of study. This required course work may be supplemented by courses specific to marine biology, the particular selection of courses being determined by the student in consultation with his/her advisory committee. All of the programs include seminars, colloquia, field research and/or laboratory studies as part of the student's graduate education. Students are expected to complete an original research project and present a thesis or dissertation based on that research. If you would like more information about the specialization in marine biology at the University of Hawaii, including a list of the participating graduate faculty and their research interests, please fill in your name and address below and return this form to the appropriate program office.

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Description of Facilities: Graduate student research is carried out in the research laboratories of the graduate faculty. These laboratories are located in Edmondson Hall, Snyder Hall, the St. John Laboratory of Botanical Sciences, the marine Science Building, the Hall Institute of Marine Biology (located on Coconut Island in Kaneohe Bay), and the Kewalo Laboratory of the Pacific Biomedical Research Center. These laboratories are well equipped for the specialized research of the faculty and include capabilities for state-of-the-art DNA sequencing using PCR technology; video and acoustic recording for ecological and behavioral studies of coral reef and planktonic organisms; electron, ultraviolet, and light microscopy; electrophoretic analysis; flow cytometry; and radioisotope tracer work. There is a university-wide centralized computer data base, biotechnology center, and excellent library facilities.

Student Support: Most students who specialize in marine biology receive graduate assistantship and/or tuition waivers. This financial assistance comes from a variety of university and extramural sources. Teaching assistants make $11,364-$15,558 for the nine-month academic year. Research assistants make $13,302-$18,204 per year without summer overload and $16,930-$23,169 per year including summer overload.

Program Point of Contact: Cindy Hunter


Institution address: 2540 Dole St. Holmes Hall 402
                             Honolulu,HI 96822


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