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Marine Biology

College or University: University of South Florida

Type of degree: M.S.

Brief overview of program: A career in marine science demands specialized training beyond the baccalaureate degree. The CMS offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Traditionally, there are four areas of specialization at the graduate level: marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, and physical oceanography. Marine biologists study the plant and animal life of the oceans and the environmental conditions affecting them. Marine chemists are concerned with the chemical composition of the ocean water and sediments, along with chemical reactions that occur in the sea. Marine geologists and geophysicists study all aspects of the seafloor from the mid-ocean ridge to the coastal ocean including the continental margin, coral reefs, paleoshorelines, modern coastlines, sediment transport, as well as the behavior of past oceans and climate. Marine physicists study the physical properties of the ocean, its motion, and relationship between the sea and the atmosphere. In addition to these traditional research areas, increasing numbers of interdisciplinary specialties are rapidly evolving.

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Description of Facilities: Laboratories Biological Oceanography: Ecosystems, Marine Fluorescence, Microbiology, Physiology. Marine Zooplankton Ecology, Genomics, Marine Sensory, SEM/TEM, Marine Remote Sensing. Chemical Oceanography: Organic Geochemistry, Ocean Nutrients, Radiochemistry, Spectral Acquisition and Processing. Geological Oceanography: Geophysics—Plate Tectonics, Paleoceanography/Paleoclimatology, Reef Indicators, Seafloor Mapping, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, x-ray diffraction (XRD). Physical Oceanography: Ocean Circulation, Ocean Modeling and Prediction, Analysis of Sea Level, Turbulence Modeling. Ocean Modeling, Ocean Sensors, and Real-Time Data Systems Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS), Tampa Bay Physical Oceanography Real-Time Systems (PORTS), Institute for Marine Remote Sensing (IMaRS), Center for Predicting Red Tide (CPR). Center for Ocean Technology--Ocean engineers and technicians embedded with the CMS Education and Outreach Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE), Oceanography Camp for Girls, GK-12 Fellows.

Program Faculty: Biological Oceanography Norman J. Blake, Mya Breitbart, Kendra L. Daly, Pamela Hallock Muller, David Mann, Frank E. Muller-Karger, John H. Paul, Joseph J. Torres, Gabriel a. Vargo, John J. Walsh Chemical Oceanography Peter R. Betzer, Robert H. Byrne, Paula G. Coble, Kent A. Fanning, Luis Garcia-Rubio, David Hollander, Ashanti J. Pyrtle, Edward s. Van Vleet Geological Oceanography Benjamin P. Flower, Pamela Hallock Muller, Albert C. Hine, David F. Naar Physical Oceanography Kendall L. Carder, Boris Galperin, Mark E. Luther, Gary Mitchum, Robert H. Weisberg Courtesy Professors Leonard Ciaccio, Thomas Cuba, Christopher D’Elia, Cynthia Heil, Thomas Hopkins, Peter Howd, Walter Jaap, John Lisle, Anne Meylan, Harunur Rashid, Eugene Shinn, Randy Wells

Program Point of Contact: Linda Kelbaugh


Department: Marine Science

Institution address: University of South Florida 830 First Street South
                             St. Petersburg,FL 33701

Phone: 727-553-1634


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