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School of Marine
Science & Policy

Welcome


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.

MARINE SCIENCE MAJOR

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

FEATURED ACADEMIC PROGRAM

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

LATEST NEWS

Coast Day canceled because of hurricane

Concern for safety was paramount, with Hurricane Ian moving along the East Coast

Impact of fast-melting ice

UD’s Wei-Jun Cai and collaborators find correlation between Arctic meltwater and changing ocean chemistry

Research development leader

Prof. Eric Wommack appointed to UD Research Office team

Delaware Bay skates

UD undergraduate spends summer researching clearnose skates

Undergraduate marine research

Students from schools across the country spent the summer at UD’s Lewes campus

NEWS SPOTLIGHT

AT SEA IN ANTARCTICA

The University of Delaware was well represented on a National Science Foundation (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) cruise to Palmer Station in Antarctica in the fall and winter of 2021. Pictured from left to right are: Joe Gradone, who received his masters from UD in 2018, Rachel Davitt, a junior at UD, Carlos Moffat, assistant professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy, Megan Cimino, who received her doctorate in oceanography from UD in 2016, and Michael Cappola, a junior at UD.

The University of Delaware was well represented on a National Science Foundation (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) cruise to Palmer Station in Antarctica. Pictured from left to right are: Joe Gradone, who received his masters from UD in 2018, Rachel Davitt, a junior at UD, Carlos Moffat, assistant professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy, Megan Cimino, who received her doctorate in oceanography from UD in 2016, and Michael Cappola, a junior at UD.
 

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VIDEO SPOTLIGHT

Conserving Atlantic Sturgeon

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

Featured Video for SMSP: youtube.com/watch?v=XVozQt4Kf6E