Skip to main content
Skip to main menu Skip to spotlight region Skip to secondary region Skip to UGA region Skip to Tertiary region Skip to Quaternary region Skip to unit footer


Four students in life jackets sift through marine sediment

Welcome to Department of Marine Sciences

Discover our research interests and where we are doing our research.

UGA Marine Sciences is worldwide

Marine Sciences



New Faculty in Machine Learning in Marine Microbial Ecology

Jaci and Adrienne

The Department of Marine Sciences welcomes Dr. Jaclyn "Jaci" Saunders and Dr. Adrienne Hoarfrost as Assistant Professors in Marine Microbial Ecology as part of a hiring cluster in Environmental Artificial Intelligence through a two year Presidential Faculty Hiring Initiative. They will use computational approaches such as 'omics, bioinformatics, modeling, and/or biostatistical techniques to investigate the effects that marine microbial ecosystems have on climate, community structure, ecosystem function or other ecological phenomena.  

New Ocean Science Undergraduate Major

The Department of Marine Sciences is pleased to announce that it is now offering a new undergraduate major in Ocean Science. Please visit the Ocean Science undergraduate major page to learn more. 

About the Department

The UGA Department of Marine Sciences has 23 full-time faculty engaged in teaching and research at the graduate and undergraduate levels, 15 of which are on the UGA main campus in Athens, GA and 10 of which are at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA.  Department of Marine Sciences faculty expertise and research interests span the oceanographic disciplines, covering the biological, chemical, physical and geological processes within the world’s oceans.

Our graduate students undertake exciting, cutting edge research. Learn more about their research and what it's like to be a marine scientist at UGA by clicking on the image below or by clicking here.

A collage of headshots of students linking to a page of videos.

Where in the world is UGA Marine Sciences?

Global map with points showing all places UGA Marine Sciences has been, including Anartica, North America, Greenland, Africa, China etc

Check out our Google map for our research locations around the world!

View Research Locations

Featured Content

Upcoming Events

Rebecca Asch, Biology (ECU - East Carolina University)


Support us

We appreciate your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. Click here to learn more about giving.

Every dollar given has a direct impact upon our students and faculty.

Our Graduate Programs

We offer graduate degree programs at the Ph.D. and M.S. levels with concentrations in biological, chemical, and physical oceanography. Current graduate students are conducting research in coastal ecology and processes, biological oceanography, molecular microbial ecology, sediment processes, environmental genomics, and marine ecosystem modeling.

Reflecting this breadth of interests, our alumni work in academia in both research and outreach positions, industry such as biofuels and environmental consulting, and with governmental agencies.

Learn More About our Graduate Programs

Masters Graduate Research Assistant