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
Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory (MERL)
Marine Geological Samples Laboratory
Oceanographic Remote Sensing Laboratory
Physical Oceanographic Facilities
Research Diving Web Site
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:
Magnetic Properties of Sediments
Sediment Grain Size
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