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Headshot of Joanna York, assoc. prof in the School of Marine Science and Policy

Faculty achievements

The UD Board of Trustees recently made official three promotions among CEOE's School of Marine Science and Policy faculty: Joanna York as an associate professor, and Matt Oliver and Art Trembanis into full professors. Read more >

In addition, Colton Lynner, assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, has won a General University Research grant to study the Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador. Read more >

Congratulations to all!

Professor Kyle Davis examines rice plants

A carbon sink shrinks in the Arctic

Research shows diminished capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. Read more > 

aculty and representatives from UD’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment and the Korea Institute of Marine Science and Technology Promotion attended a signing ceremony for a new memorandum of understanding. CEOE Dean Estella Atekwana is seated in the center of the first row.

Forecasting urbanization

Data science drives new maps to predict the growth of cities. Read more > 

Professor Kyle Davis examines rice plants

Studying mercury contamination

Research from James Pizzuto may help clean up VA River. Read more > 


Highlight on undergraduate research

University of Delaware undergraduate Rachel Roday discovered several opportunities to conduct research as she earned her bachelor's degree. She spent a summer on UD's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, DE researching sharks with two faculty members. Later, she assisted on a research cruise in the Arctic to study the impacts of light on zooplankton. Learn more about opportunities for undergraduates >

Image of large wind turbine located off the coast


Deep-sea Microbes

UD study looks at life inside and outside of seafloor hydrocarbon seeps

In the loop

Research on unusual ocean currents could save lives, benefit industries

Eye of the storm

Recent graduate Jessica Storm combines her passions for weather and photography

12 receive General University Research grants

Projects awarded in humanities, arts, science and engineering

Tropical forest loss

New UD study shows that tropical forest loss is enhanced by large-scale land acquisitions

Discover our research >



Associate Professor Clara Chan earned the 2019 Post-Tenure Award from the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division of the Geological Society of America (GSA). (September 2019)



Assistant professor Lindsay Naylor's recent book, Fair Trade Rebels: Coffee Production and Struggles for Autonomy in Chiapas, has won the 2020 Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award from the Association of American Geographers Political Geography Specialty group. (April 2020)

Department Chair Del Levia was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award by the college. (September 2019)



Professor Mark Warner has been named a Fellow of the International Coral Reef Society, which. promotes the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge to secure coral reefs for future generations. (March 2020)

Associate Professor Jen Biddle was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award by the college. (September 2019)

Assistant Professor Carlos Moffat was awarded the Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence by the college. (September 2019)

Catherine Medlock has won the inaugural Chris Sommerfield Award for the best poster at the 2020 Delaware Wetlands Conference. She is currently completing an MS degree in the Department of Earth Sciences.

Data Science Masters student Abdul Qadir has received the Ta Liang Memorial Award given by American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The award is given to facilitate in the research related work by outstanding graduate student members. The award consist of a grant and a certificate which will be confered during the ASPRS 2020 Annual Conference in Washington DC.  

Delaware Sea Grant Community Development Specialist Ed Lewandowski received the inaugural Community Engagement Award from the college. (September 2019)

The college's Outstanding Staff Awards for 2019 went to Kaci Middlemas (Geography and Spatial Sciences) and Sharon Wiegner (Marine Science and Policy). (September 2019)



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Ocean Currents summer lecture series

We're hosting a biweekly virtual lecture series at 7 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the summer using Zoom technologies. Learn more and see the full schedule here

Ocean Currents Archives 

Miss a lecture? You can watch previously-scheduled talks on-demand using the links and passwords below. Archives for lectues will typically be posted a day or two after the scheduled talk has ended.

May 28th — Reef Real Estate: How Coral Reef Animals Find Home  

June 11th — A Tale of Eggs, Caviar, and Anchors - Atlantic Sturgeon in the Delaware and Hudson Rivers

June 25th — Grappling with ghost fishing in Delaware’s Inland Bays

July 9th — Living with the Shore: Visions of Adaptation for Coastal Communities