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.
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.
News & Events
A carbon sink shrinks in the Arctic
Research shows diminished capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. Read more >
Data science drives new maps to predict the growth of cities. Read more >
Studying mercury contamination
Research from James Pizzuto may help clean up VA River. Read more >
Dr. Estella Atekwana
Dean, UD College of Earth, Ocean and Environment
As the University suspends normal operations to celebrate Juneteenth, I am heartened by the actions of our students, faculty, administration and staff to embrace our Black community, and I am humbled by how far we as an institution have to go. In his message announcing the University’s recognition of this day, President Assanis noted that “building a more inclusive culture here at UD…requires a broad, collective and sustained effort.” I could not agree more.
President Assanis’ message also listed some concrete actions the university will be undertaking in its continuing efforts to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion on campus. I encourage everyone to read about those plans and participate in them fully as they are undertaken over the coming year.
Faculty members at the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment have also begun considering what actions we can take in our own work to build a positive, inclusive work environment that embraces diversity and rejects any form of racism. Our Committee on Diversity is currently reviewing a list of ideas from the college’s academic leadership, and we look forward to announcing our own commitments in the coming weeks.
CEOE Committees & Their Work
In July 2015, the Acting Dean of CEOE formed a college-level Committee on Diversity.
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.
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, Earth Sciences Department
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)
Kelli Kerbawy, Assistant Dean, Graduate Services, CEOE
Delphis Levia, Department Chair, Geography and Spatial Sciences Department
John Madsen, Department Chair, Earth Sciences Department
Madelynn Mickle, HR Manager, Human Resources (ex-officio)
Jame McCray, Delaware Sea Grant, Marine Advisory Service
Mark Moline, Director, School of Marine Science & Policy
Keeley Powell, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Services, CEOE
Sharon Wiegner, Business Administrator, School of Marine Science & Policy
Joanna York,* Assistant Professor, School of Marine Science & Policy
*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).
Dr. George W. Luther III, Chairperson (302-645-4208)
Joe Scudlark, Vice Chairperson (302-645-4300)
Bill Fendt, EHS Representative
Suni Shah Walter
Timothy Bateman, Student Representative
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.
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.
Dean Estella Atekwana
Deputy Dean Fabrice Veron, Co-Chair
Bonnie Ram, Co-Chair
Art Trembanis (Resigned)
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.