The mission of CEOE is to advance scientific knowledge of the ever-changing coupled natural and human systems for long-term sustainability by leading-edge research and effective teaching to ensure our science serves society by informing policy and engaging communities.

How to reach us 

Starting with the first week of classes on Aug. 30, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment offices will be open for students and others during regular hours, which may vary among units.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors will be seen in scheduled appointments, which can be in person, by zoom or on the phone. Staff members are working remotely on Fridays and remain available by email, phone or zoom.

To make an appointment or for any other questions, email

Individual departments

For information on how to contact department staff, use the links below to the specific department's About page:

Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences

School of Marine Science and Policy

CEOE brings the latest advances in technology to bear on both teaching and conducting ocean, earth, and atmospheric research. We strive to educate well-rounded scientists and policy specialists with the broad vision needed to address today’s global problems.

Concerns such as climate change, globalization and migration, marine pollution, watershed degradation, energy independence and fisheries decline are at the heart of our work at CEOE. Meeting these challenges often demands expertise in several disciplines, and our curriculum and research portfolio reflect this reality.

Our distinguished faculty includes members of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Association of Geology Teachers, the Archaeological Institute of America, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, a Presidential Faculty Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and several University named professors.

Learn more about the history of the college.

Portrait of Dr. Fabrice Veron

Dr. Fabrice Veron
Interim Dean, UD College of Earth, Ocean and Environment



This summer, cities in North America have experienced record-breaking high temperatures, parts of the Western US are enduring severe drought and fires, and parts of Europe are flooding with catastrophic rains, along with heat waves and fires. The release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) working group 1 (WG1) sixth assessment report last week reminds us that much of this extreme weather is related to the unprecedented global warming of the past several decades, and that urgent action is required to reduce the widespread and rapid changes that are already occurring. (This summary provides a high-level overview of the findings.) Delaware is already experiencing many climate change impacts that the report notes, from sea level rise to a changing growing season, from ocean acidification to more extreme weather.

The Climate Change Hub will bring together faculty, staff, and students from across UD studying the influence of human activities on the climate and the impact of climate change on society. The Hub will engage communities and decision-makers locally, nationally, and worldwide to better understand and address climate change. While CEOE has led the effort to create the Hub, it will be a site of collaboration, convergent research, and innovation for scholars at UD, and a focal point for engaging with the community.

Before she departed, Dr. Atekwana and Dr. Calvin Keeler, interim dean of the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), appointed the inaugural co-directors of the Climate Change Hub: Jules Bruck, a landscape architecture professor in CANR, and Dana Veron, a climate scientist from CEOE. Dr. Bruck and Dr. Veron represent the two approaches the Hub is designed to take—practical and technical, human and natural—and will officially take up the direction of the Hub on Sept. 1.

The Climate Change Hub will launch this fall with a suite of activities that kick off at the end of September. The directors will speak at this year's Coast Day (held online and accessible everywhere) on Oct. 3. Then the Climate Change Hub will host regular expert updates concurrent with the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties 26 (COP26) in Glasgow from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12.

The sixth assessment made clear that climate change impacts are occurring and that more are inevitable, but also that we have an opportunity to limit how bad they will get. To reduce human-caused warming, we must reach net zero carbon dioxide emissions, limit the total CO2 society feeds into the global system, and strongly reduce emissions of other greenhouse gases, such as methane. By creating the Climate Change Hub, CEOE and UD demonstrate their commitment to meet the climate challenges facing society today and in the future. Stay tuned this fall to learn more and find out how to engage with Hub.

CEOE Committees & Their Work

In July 2015, the Acting Dean of CEOE formed a college-level Committee on Diversity. The committee was renamed and membership updated in the summer of 2020.

The committee supports the university-wide effort to develop and implement policies that, over long time periods, will enhance the diversity on our campus and ensure we are truly a welcoming, inclusive learning community that reflects our region and country.


Committee Members

Saleem Ali, Professor, Geography and Spatial Sciences Department

Eliot Atekwana, Professor, Earth Sciences Department

Estella Atekwana, Dean, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment (CEOE)

Jennifer Biddle, Associate Professor, School of Marine Science & Policy and CEOE ADVANCE Fellow

Clara Chan, Associate Professor, Diversity Advocate for Earth Sciences Department

David Christopher, Delaware Sea Grant, Marine Advisory Service

L. Pamela Cook, UD ADVANCE, Associate Dean, College of Engineering (ex-officio)

Danielle Dixson, Associate Professor, School of Marine Science & Policy and Chief Diversity Advocate

Mark Dobbins, Business Officer, CEOE

Heather Doty, UD ADVANCE, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering (ex-officio)

Maryam Golbazi, Graduate Student, School of Marine Science and Policy

Mark Jolly-Van Bodegraven, Director, Environmental Public Education, CEOE

Kelli Kerbawy, Assistant Dean, Graduate Services, CEOE

Tracy DeLiberty, Interim Department Chair, Geography and Spatial Sciences Department

John Madsen, Department Chair, Earth Sciences Department

Madelynn Mickle, HR Manager, Human Resources (ex-officio)

Mark Moline, Director, School of Marine Science & Policy

Lindsay Naylor, Assistant Professor, Diversity Advocate for Geography and Spatial Sciences Department

Keeley Powell, Senior Assistant Dean, Student Services, CEOE

Joanna York,* Director, Delaware Sea Grant

*Previous Chief Diversity Advocate

The Safety Committee oversees environmental health and safety for the School of Marine Science and Policy, and assists the Departments of Earth Sciences and Geography and Spatial Sciences. The committee works closely with the University of Delaware's Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).


Committee Members

Dr. George W. Luther III, Chairperson (302-645-4208)
Joe Scudlark, Vice Chairperson (302-645-4300)
Bruce Campbell
Bill Fendt, EHS Representative
Chris Petrone
Suni Shah Walter
Donna Simpson
Jon Swallow
Ed Whereat
Andrew Wozniak
Timothy Bateman, Student Representative


Health and Safety Resources

CEOE is committed to collaborating with international partners to advance our joint understanding of the world. CEOE focuses on the following key strategic partnership areas internationally, although individual faculty members have research and relationships in countries around the world.

1. China - CEOE is building on its existing partnership with Xiamen University and expanding to other disciplines beyond marine science and policy.

2. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) - We are fortunate to have ties with many of these countries in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and the Pacific, and they face unique challenges and opportunities for which CEOE research can be an asset.

3. African Continent - Building on UD's strong faculty leadership and networks in Africa and the immense challenge of environmental and social harm, this continent has a deficit of major partnerships and great potential for high impact research.


Committee Members

Saleem Ali
Estella Atekwana
Eliot Atekwana
Danielle Dixson
Pablo Huq
David Kirchman
David Legates
Del Levia
Holly Michael
Lindsay Naylor
Art Trembanis
Ed Urban
Fabrice Veron
Xiao-Hai Yan

The college is examining where and how it can best contribute and lead and where the societal need is greatest. In addressing community needs, the college is fortunate to have valuable in-house capabilities that are already engaged with Delaware’s regional communities and focus on a host of critical issues, including those related to coastal resiliency and waterfront economic sustainability (Delaware Sea Grant), water supply and management (Delaware Geological Survey), and state climatology services (Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis).  The three academic units and engagement arms are, therefore, well-positioned to address the increasingly complex societal problems with our legacy of fundamental and applied research and exemplary education, while continuing to explore thematic, interdisciplinary areas that engage students, scientists, stakeholders and decision makers. 

This planning process recognizes that, along with these opportunities, we have a range of in-house challenges that need to be addressed, including priorities for infrastructure upgrades across two campuses in Newark and Lewes with limited investment capital and increasing resources for expanding experiential learning opportunities for students.


Committee Members

Dean Estella Atekwana
Deputy Dean Fabrice Veron, Co-Chair
Bonnie Ram, Co-Chair
Keeley Powell
Jeremy Firestone
Saleem Ali
Jen Biddle
John Madsen
Eliot Atekwana
Art Trembanis (Resigned)
Neil Sturchio
Jon Swallow
Mark Jolly
Sue McNeil (College of Engineering)
Mark Moline, Ex Officio
Del Levia, Ex Officio



Read an overview of the plan's six goals and related objectives, or download the full plan, at The Changing Earth: Working Together for a Sustainable Future.