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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

To What Remains

UD scientists featured in documentary about efforts to locate airmen missing in action from World War II

Rhythms of the krill

New research explores animals’ visual rhythms during the Arctic polar night

Crab pot cleanup

How fish finders and sonar can be used as citizen science tools

Guiding navigation

UD alumna and ship captain Olivia Hauser and fellow Blue Hen Michael Fulton serve on a NOAA vessel

Sunlight and harmful algae blooms

UD’s Kathryn Coyne and collaborators show significance of different light conditions amid warming climate

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.

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