Faculty and student scuba diving examining coral reef.

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.

Academic Programs

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

Ocean geology

UD’s Jessica Warren and her lab group collect rocks and place seismometers on the ocean floor

The singing engineer

UD senior Sydney Cargill melds her two passions: science and song.

Long-lost aircraft

Project Recover locates three World War II aircraft, missing for 76 years

Making marine policy

UD graduate reflects on time at NOAA as a 2019 Knauss Fellow

Microplastic hotspots

UD study maps areas of high concentrations in the Delaware Bay

NEWS SPOTLIGHT

CORAL REEF STARTER KIT

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. 

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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.