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


Artificial light in the Arctic

New study examines how artificial light from research vessels affects fish counts

Crab pot clean up

UD, Delaware Sea Grant and DNREC lead clean-up of the Delaware Inland Bays

Arctic undergrad

UD student joined trip with faculty to research polar night biological impact on species

UD research in Antarctica

UD’s Matt Oliver and Katherine Hudson conduct research in Antarctica’s Palmer Deep Canyon

Fleeing fish

UD researcher examines governance challenges facing nations losing fish species due to climate change



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.