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Marine Science-Chemical Oceanography focus

College or University: University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Type of degree: M.S.

Brief overview of program: The UNCW Master of Science in marine science program is an interdisciplinary program in which students take courses in several core areas and conduct research in an aspect of marine science. Students write and present a research based thesis. UNCW also offers a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. in marine biology, and Master of Science programs with marine research in chemistry and geology. Cape Fear Community College, also located in Wilmington, offers two year programs in marine technology.

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Description of Facilities: The MS marine science program is located in the Center for Marine Science and also in several academic buidlings including Dobo Hall, DeLoach Hall, Friday Hall as well as in the Wrightsville Beach Aquaculture Facility. The Center for Marine Science operates a fleet of small boats as well as the 68 foot RV Cape Fear.

Program Faculty: Dr. G. Brooks Avery, Jr.: biogeochemical cycling in sediments, the water column, and the atmosphere; use of 13C and 14C isotopes of carbon to study sources and fluxes of globally important organic carbon compounds Dr. Daniel G. Baden: distribution, composition, toxicity and structure of marine toxins Dr. Robert J. Kieber: marine geochemistry, photochemistry and air sea exchange processes; global carbon cycling, acid rain and nutrient dynamics Dr. Pamela J. Seaton: structure: activity relationships in bioactive marine natural products; structural analysis and function of algal, fish and dolphin lipids Dr. Stephen A. Skrabal: geochemistry and biogeochemistry of trace metals (titanium, silver, copper and iron) in estuarine and marine environments. Dr. Joan D. Willey (Associate Director for Education, CMS): impacts of rainwater on surface seawater chemistry and biological productivity; rainwater dissolved organic carbon as a part of the global carbon cycle, redox chemistry of trace metals in rainwater. Dr. Jeffery Wright: Bioorganic chemistry (isolation and identification of bioactive compounds from marine organisms); identification and analysis of naturally occurring marine toxins

Student Support: Tuition grants are available for in-state and out-of-state students. Most students also receive a stipend as either a teaching assistant or a research assistant.

Program Point of Contact: Dr. Joan D. Willey


Institution address: 5001 Masonboro Loop Rd. One Marvin Moss Ln.
                             Wilmington,NC 28409


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