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Graduate Courses

Chemical composition, dynamics, and processes of life in the oceans and the role the life of the oceans plays in global processes.

Emphasizes the roles of microorganisms in ecosystems. Nutrient cycles, methods of microbial analysis, and the functional roles of microorganisms.

This course explores the basic mathematics describing processes that regulate the climate of the Earth. The course covers climate history, energy balance models, dynamical systems, the Snowball Earth Hypothesis, Earth System Models, El Nino, carbon cycle models, ocean and atmospheric circulation…

Entry-level course designed to teach students the fundamentals of scuba diving and underwater scientific research methods. At the end of the course, students…

An overview of global biogeochemical cycles, with emphasis on the role of the ocean, including box models and both fundamental principles and quantitative analyses. Focus is on modern day conditions, but glacial-interglacial changes and effects of global change are included.

Fundamental biological, chemical, physical, and geological characteristics of marine environment with emphasis on marine life diversity and functioning of biological communities. Biological processes in marine environments, role of the oceans in global cycles, and anthropogenic effects on marine…

Classroom teaching experience in undergraduate courses under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

This course serves as an introduction to common, quantitative research techniques in marine sciences and covers basic mathematical and data handling techniques. 

Provides graduate teaching assistants with knowledge of pedagogical approaches and available support systems. Special sections are reserved for international students, with focus on use of language, pedagogy, and cultural aspects of teaching in this country

Major biological processes in the water column and sediments of estuarine, coastal, and open sea environments, with emphasis on interactions of biota with marine chemical and physical processes

The chemical forms, distributions, and reactivities of major and minor elements in seawater. The use of chemical tracers to investigate biological and physical processes in the ocean

Oceanic circulation and dynamical principles. Major topics include observed physical properties of the world's oceans, geostrophy, and vorticity.  Wave propagation from the smallest to the largest planetary scales and their generating and dissipating mechanisms.


Focuses on the role of the oceans and the marine biosphere in climate, with particular emphasis on feedback mechanisms between humans, climate, and the hydrologic cycle and the marine biosphere. Students in this course will learn about the feedbacks between the Earth's climate, oceans, and the…

An overview of physical processes on estuaries and continental shelves, with emphasis on how those processes affect the coastal ocean biology, chemistry, and geology. Effects of global change on the coastal ocean are included.

Nature and properties of marine sediment pore waters and surface sediments, including chemical, physical, and biological processes

Weekly meetings for discussion of current research in marine and freshwater biology and related areas

The use of specific organic marker compounds as probes for biological and geochemical processes

Physics and mathematics of wave motions in the ocean, including kinetics of waves, phase and group velocities, frequency and wave number dispersion, and other topics.

The ecology of organisms, populations, and communities occurring in marine environments.

The physics and parameterization of turbulent flows, including studies of boundary-free shear flows and boundary mixing

Advanced graduate material on genomics of marine microbes and the integration of genomics concepts into marine ecology and biogeochemistry

Techniques involved in effective seminar presentation, including preparation of visual aids, logical development of topic, and delivery. Students present a seminar to the class and/or formal seminar to the department on an advanced marine sciences topic.

Coastal marine policy approached from scientific, legal, and anthropological perspectives using a case study approach to examine current topics in marine resource management

Coastal marine policy approached from scientific, legal, and anthropological perspectives using a case study approach to examine current topics in marine resource management

In this course we explore some of the mathematical and computational methods used in modeling marine systems. As part of the course we examine ecosystem models (e.g. nutrient-phytoplankton-zooplankton or NPZ models), biogeochemical models (e.g. carbon cycle models), and physical models (e.g.…

Research techniques in biological, chemical and physical oceanography for graduate students in preparation for their thesis/dissertation projects

Analysis of contemporary themes in marine sciences

Research while enrolled for a doctoral degree under the direction of faculty members

Dissertation writing under the direction of the major professor

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