Degree Programs and Curriculum
Chemical oceanographers seek to understand the ways in which various elements are
cycled within the oceans, and the reactions that these elements undergo. Ocean chemists
improve our understanding of the basic conditions under which ocean life thrives in
seawater, and help predict the effects of anthropogenic and natural climate change
on ocean composition.
Research programs in the College of Marine Science include such wide ranging topics as the role and variability of nutrients in seawater, the distribution and cycling of rare earth elements and other trace metals, examination of the oceans’ CO2 system, the study of dissolved organic matter, molecular organic compounds, radionuclides and stable isotopes in the oceans, and the distribution of chemical pollutants and their toxicity on marine organisms and ecosystems. Faculty and students utilize a wide variety of state-of-the art instrumentation and technology for investigating these research problems.
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