Marine Sciences

Department Head

Professor James Edson


Bucklin, Byrne, Dam, Edson, Lin, Mason, McManus, O’Donnell, Visscher, Ward

Associate Professors

Dierssen, Lund, Skoog, Tobias, Vlahos, Whitney

Assistant Professors

H. Baumann, Fewings, Granger, Lombardo

Research Professor


Associate Research Professors

Romano, Zhang

Assistant Research Professors

Z. Baumann, Kim, Vaudrey

Emeritus Professor


The Department of Marine Sciences offers study and research programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the field of Oceanography. Areas of interest include biological, geochemical, and physical oceanography, as well as marine biology, biogeochemistry, marine meteorology, climatology, paleoceanography, and geophysics.

Because of the varied academic background and training of students and the interdisciplinary nature of marine sciences, plans of graduate study are flexible in focus and scope, and are designed to meet the needs of the individual student. The department offers several courses which serve as a core curriculum in the study of marine sciences, in addition to an array of advanced and special topics offerings that ensure depth and rigor in each area of interest within our degree program.

Master of Science

A bachelor’s degree in a related science usually is required for admission; there are no additional requirements for admission beyond those of the Graduate School. Selection of a Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (course work) degree normally is made after consultation with the student’s advisory committee. Since all faculty in the Department are actively engaged in research, nearly all students are strongly encouraged to select Plan A (thesis) and complete a research project.

Doctor of Philosophy

Students entering the doctoral program have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related science. Specific course requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Oceanography are established in consultation with the student’s advisory committee. A foreign language or a related area of study (e.g., statistics, computer science) outside the student’s major program emphasis is required. Requirements for advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree include: maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0; passing a written qualifying exam covering the subdisciplines of oceanography, as well as interdisciplinary topics; and successful completion and defense of the dissertation proposal. The Department also actively participates in several interdisciplinary academic programs at the M.S. and Ph.D. level, including Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics. Interdepartmental activities are facilitated by a number of Marine Sciences faculty members who hold adjunct or joint appointments in other Departments at the University.

Special Facilities and Educational Opportunities

The Department maintains laboratories on the UConn Avery Point campus in Groton, Connecticut. In addition to outstanding research infrastructure in Department of Marine Sciences’ faculty laboratories, the Department provides students with access to oceanographic research vessels (from our 75-foot flagship R/V Connecticut to our 39-foot R/V Weicker to a fleet of small boats), state-of-the-art scientific research diving program, seawater facility for experimental culturing of marine organisms, on and offshore ocean observatory systems, and multiuser analytical instrumentation facilities for research and training. For more information, visit: Additional research and education opportunities are provided by the CT Sea Grant College Program, Northeast Underwater Research, Technology, & Education Center, and the UConn Avery Point campus.

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