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Biological Oceanography

College or University: University of Rhode Island

Type of degree: M.S.

Brief overview of program: Biological oceanographers study the relationship between living organisms in the ocean and their environment. Students may choose from a wide variety of courses specializing in specific organism groups such as microbes, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and fish, as well as courses in the ecology of organism groups or ecosystems. Students with many different undergraduate backgrounds have successfully completed an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in biological oceanography at GSO. However, an undergraduate student should be prepared for our graduate program if they have an undergraduate major in botany, zoology or biology (including marine biology) and in addition, their undergraduate program includes mathematics through calculus and one semester each of physics and chemistry. Organic chemistry, biochemistry, geology, statistics, a second semester of calculus and physics, and computer literacy are recommended.

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Description of Facilities: Scientific Facilities Because of the wide range of research activities conducted at GSO, an extensive and specialized array of scientific and technical equipment and services is required. Most of the laboratories and instrument facilities are state-of-the-art and unique to GSO. Center for Atmospheric Chemistry Studies GSO Paleomagnetics Laboratory ICP-MS Laboratory Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory (MERL) Marine Geological Samples Laboratory Oceanographic Remote Sensing Laboratory Physical Oceanographic Facilities Research Diving Web Site Seawater Facilities Analytical Services A number of research laboratories at the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) can provide analytical services on a per sample basis or by arrangement. In addition, GSO has a machining and fabrication facility, seawater facilities, and a pressure test facility that can be used, by arrangement, by persons outside of the University of Rhode Island. In addition to facilities and specific analytical services, arrangements may be made with individual or teams of researchers to test materials, equipment, etc. For general information or for inquiries concerning services that are not covered in the list of analytical and fabrication services at right or below, please contact: Dean's Office Tel: 401-874-6222 Magnetic Properties of Sediments Sediment Grain Size ICP-MS Analyses Trace Metal Analyses Acid Volatile Sulfide Pressure Test Facilities

Program Faculty: Lawrence J. Buckley, marine biochemistry, aquaculture Jeremy S. Collie, quantitative marine ecology Edward G. Durbin, marine planktonic food chains, zooplankton, and fish ecology Paul E. Hargraves, phytoplankton systematics, morphology, and biogeography Scott W. Nixon, estuarine and wetland ecosystems Stephen B. Olsen, coastal management Candace A. Oviatt, marine ecology Charles T. Roman, coastal ecosystems, ecology of estuaries and salt marshes Theodore J. Smayda, phytoplankton ecology and physiology David C. Smith, marine microbial ecology, food web dynamics Jennifer Specker, fish endocrinology, adaptation and development Elijah Swift, marine phytoplankton, oceanic bioluminescence Karen Wishner, maine zooplankton ecology, deep-sea biology James A. Yoder, biological oceanography, remote sensing

Student Support: Financial aid includes departmental graduate assistantships and research support through faculty project support and undergraduate university scholarships.??????

Program Point of Contact: Lawrence J. Buckley


Institution address: 9 Alumni Avenue University of Rhode Island
                             Kingston,RI 02881


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