Degree Programs and Curriculum
Geological oceanographers in the College of Marine Science conduct research from the
continental margins to the deep-ocean seafloor extending in time from modern environments
to millions of years back in Earth’s history to understand and predict Earth surface
and interior processes. Primary research themes include: (1) paleoceanography and
paleoclimatology; (2) coastline and continental shelf development and processes including
effects of storms and sea-level fluctuations; (3) the health of modern and recent
geologic history of coral reefs and carbonate depositional environments; (4) anthropogenic
influences on estuaries; (5) mathematical explanations of geologic phenomena; and
(6) plate tectonics. Our geological oceanography group has a variety of modern well-equipped
laboratories and field equipment, including one of the best seafloor mapping capabilities
in the US. Fully integrated with these field instruments is the computational capability
to generate state-of-the art data depictions and imagery.
Our group also works closely with scientists from the US Geological Survey’s Center for Coastal and Marine Science Center, a major federal laboratory located nearby.
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