Faculty and student scuba diving examining coral reef.

School of Marine
Science & Policy


The School of Marine Science and Policy (SMSP) is committed to advancing knowledge critical to the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal and ocean environments. An internationally-recognized faculty and multidisciplinary curriculum offers SMSP students exciting opportunities in the classroom, lab and beyond.

Academic Programs


Student Spotlight


SMSP undergraduate student Audrey Ostroski interns in the Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida.

“It was the craziest experience. I’ve dove with sea turtles before, but I’ve never gotten to see the whole process of the nest making and the egg laying.”

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Undergraduate student riding ATV on beach
Students posing with a UD flag underwater


Majoring in Marine Science

If you want to understand life on Earth, you have to understand the ocean. Not only are most living creatures actually in the ocean that covers two-thirds of the planet, but many of Earth’s major processes are also connected to its physical properties. Studying marine science at UD, you will learn marine biology, oceanography, geology, and other related sciences, as well as policy and environmental management.


Marine Science at UD


Marine science and policy collaboration

CEOE signs memorandum of understanding with South Korean science agency

Mapping Bikini Atoll

UD research team involved in underwater sonar mapping of the nuclear test sites in Pacific

New England losing fishing jobs due to climate

University of Delaware researcher makes direct link in first-of-its-kind labor study

Seafloor carbon

UD study finds direct links between old carbon, graphite and seafloor hydrothermal vents

Chinese research experience

Two UD students take part in first research cruise with Xiamen University



3-D printed coral reef models

New research by the University of Delaware’s Danielle Dixson and UD alumnus Emily Ruhl has shown that 3D-printed objects do not impact the behavior of coral-associated damselfish or the survival of a settling stony coral. 



Conserving Atlantic Sturgeon

Learn about other research areas in the department or check out our full list of faculty to explore their research interests.