Marine Policy Program
The Center is closely affiliated with The Marine Policy Program, sharing common faculty, staff, and space. Center research assistants and editorial assistants are typically graduate students pursuing Master's or Ph.D. degrees in Marine Policy. The Marine Policy Program offers two degrees: the Master of Marine Policy and the Doctor of Philosophy in Marine (Policy) Studies. The Master of Marine Policy is an intensive, two-year, professional degree, featuring courses and seminars in international and environmental law, natural resource and environmental economics, integrated coastal management, U.S. national ocean policy, marine transportation, and comparative marine policy. All students in the Marine Policy Program also receive introductory training in oceanography or applied ocean science.
Marine Policy Faculty
James J. Corbett
Interim Director and Associate Professor
International maritime transportation; domestic policy issues related to the Maritime Transportation System (MTS); science and technology policy in coastal and transportation systems; interdisciplinary technology-policy decision-making
Lee G. Anderson
Economics of commercial and recreational fisheries management.
Integrated coastal management; management of multiple coastal and ocean uses; fisheries management; comparative marine policy.
James J. Corbett
Interim Director and Associate Professor
International maritime transportation; domestic policy issues related to the Maritime Transportation System (MTS); science and technology policy in coastal and transportation systems; interdisciplinary technology-policy decision-making.
Jeremy M. Firestone
Ocean and coastal law and management; marine pollution; law-policy interface; negotiation and dispute resolution; federal/state relations; regulation and governance.
Willett M. Kempton
Offshore wind power, lay environmental beliefs and values, environmental movements, anthropogenic climate change, energy and transportation policy.
Gerard J. Mangone
University Research Professor
Maritime and international law; shipping and ports; law of the sea; marine pollution.
George R. Parsons
Environmental and natural resource economics; coastal zone management.
David S Chapman
Associate Research Scientist
Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service public outreach, including a diversified integration of research and education.
Joint & Adjunct Faculty
Richard J. Agnello
Econometrics; fisheries economics.
John M. Byrne
Energy and urban policy; sustainable development; global change.
David R. Hodas
Environmental Law, Energy and Public Utility Law.
Marian L. Palley
American intergovernmental relations, issues of the U.S. health care system, and the status of women in the United States and in comparative perspective.
Anthony P. Pratt
Coastal resource policy and management.
Richard T. Sylves
For the Master of Marine Policy, a strong background in liberal arts is recommended, but law, engineering, and natural science students with above-average grades will be considered. Additional academic study or some work experience after the baccalaureate degree is desirable. A total of 33 credits of graduate courses and 6 credits of thesis preparation is required in the Master of Marine Policy curriculum before the final thesis examination.
The Ph.D. in Marine (Policy) Studies is designed for exceptional students. The basic program consists of 30 to 35 graduate credits (including 9 credits for dissertation) depending on the student's background at the master's level. Twelve of the 21 required course credits must be in a disciplinary concentration such as economics, political science, anthropology, or other related fields. Students in the Ph.D. program must pass qualifying exams covering four fields' three from marine policy and one from the allied discipline of the student's choice.
The Center administers a number of educational ex-changes with other nations to promote the exchange of best practices in coastal and ocean management and to enhance cross-national cultural understanding.
North American Partnership in Marine Policy/Coastal Zone Management Education (1996-2000)
The Center administered The North American Partnership in Marine Policy/ Coastal Zone Management Education, a program designed to facilitate student mobility and cooperation among selected higher education institutions in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The program was supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education; Human Resources Development Canada; and the Mexican Secretaria de Educacion Publica, through the Subsecretaria de Educacion Publica e Investigacion Cientifica. Under the program, 24 students travelled from their home institutions to pursue study, work, or research in marine affairs and policy, coastal zone management and/or aquaculture/fisheries development in one of the six partner universities.
The cooperating universities included:
- Memorial University of Newfoundland, Fisheries & Marine Institute (Canadian lead)
- St. Mary's University, Halifax, Canada
- University of Delaware, CSMP (U.S. lead)
- University of Rhode Island, Marine Affairs Program
A newsletter Exchange News, summarizes the nature of the exchanges taking place under this program (available from the Center).
- Centro EPOMEX, Universidad Autonoma de Campeche (Mexican lead)
- ITESM-Campus Guaymas
U.S./Europe Cooperation (1997-2000 and ongoing)
The Transatlantic Partnership in Marine Policy involves six university partners and four other partners representing government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector, all expert in the area of marine policy and coastal management. Issues related to ocean and coastal management are of great interest in the United States (nationally and in the coastal states) and in Europe (at the regional European Union level and in European nations bordering the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the North Sea) as national and regional governments and other authorities attempt to address the effects of growing human pressure on coastal areas. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education and by the European Commission, Directorate General Education and Culture.
In the United Sates, the partners include three universities with multidisciplinary programs related to the management of oceans and coasts (incorporating political science, law, economics, geography, planning, anthropology, and natural sciences), a government agency, and a major ocean NGO:
In Europe, the partners include three universities with multidisciplinary programs related to ocean and coastal management, a UN agency, and a private sector publishing partner:
- University of Delaware (U.S. lead)
- University of Massachusetts, Boston
- University of Miami
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NOS/IPO
- Center for Marine Conservation
Collaborative activities among members of the consortium are focused on three major themes of interest to European nations and the United States: 1) integrated management of coastal areas, including marine protected areas, 2) U.S./Europe relations on regional fisheries issues, and 3) national and regional implementation of recent international environmental agreements, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Law of the Sea Convention.
- University of Seville, Spain (European lead)
- Cardiff University, United Kingdom
- University of Genoa, Italy
- Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO, Paris, France
- Elsevier Science Ltd., Oxford, England
The major activities of the Partnership include: 1) conduct of a special course on ICM held in Italy and Spain in summer 1999, 2) the preparation of teaching materials (case studies on coastal conflicts and fisheries modules), 3) preparation of a guide to internships, 4) conduct of courses on a long-distance basis, 5) student and faculty exchanges, and 6) preparation of a Partnership web page.
The Partnership is now preparing a CD Web-based course (with an accompanying volume of readings) which contains four modules: 1) coastal management: basic concepts, 2) Technological advances in support of coastal management; 3) Ocean and coastal management in Europe, and 4) Ocean and coastal management in North America. The course includes an overview of each module, videostreaming of lectures synchronized with the viewgraphs for each lecture, required readings, suggested readings, course exercises, assignments, related Web links, and information on the partner institutions. 42 students and 48 faculty members have participated in the program.
A periodic newsletter, US/Europe Connections, provides a detailed account of the activities of the Consortium (available from the Center).
A collaborative program between the Center and the University of West Indies in Jamaica, together with the UNEP Regional Seas Programme in the Caribbean and the NOAA/NOS International Program Office was instituted in November 2000, with support from the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development, U.S. Agency for International Development.
The overall objective of the project is to develop best practices in the field of coastal ecosystem management and tourism management, in both academic and governmental sectors. The specific objectives are to:
U.S.-Brazil Consortium in Marine Policy: Development of a Training Program and Exchange of Best Experiences on Integrated Ocean and Coastal Management between Brazil and the United States
- Contribute to capacity building on ICM in Jamaica through the organization of faculty and student exchanges and the preparation of course modules for graduate students and government officials
- Promote best practices in ICM to address environmental issues and use conflicts affecting Jamaica's coastal resources, such as coastal water pollution and reef degradation
- Build a sustainable partnership and network using information technology such as Web- and CD-Rom-based training courses and an information clearinghouse.
The U.S.-Brazil Consortium, the Center's most recent exchange program, is a collaboration among U.S. and Brazilian academic, governmental, and NGO institutions on integrated coastal management. The project is funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and by the Fundação Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES).
Institutional Partners include:
In the U.S.
- Center for Marine Policy and Marine Policy Program, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware
- Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Division of Marine Affairs
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Environmental Defense Fund, Miami and New York (NGO)
- Fundação Universidade do Rio Grande, Department of Oceanography
The Consortium's main goals are to:
- Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Department of Oceanography
- Ministry of Environment, Nation
- SerConsciente, Rio de Janeiro (NGO)
The Consortium organized joint courses in integrated coastal management in Miami in January 2003 and January 2004, and in Rio Grande in July 2003.
- Identify areas of mutual cooperation on integrated coastal management (ICM) based on country experiences, natural systems, and training needs;
- Create the opportunity for exchanging culture, language, and substantive experience in ICM among the students of both countries;
- Organize a series of exchanges of academic and practitioner experiences in ICM among academics, government, and NGO personnel in the U.S. and Brazil;
- Develop an Internet-based tool for dissemination of educational materials and discussion among students, academic staff, and governmental participants;
- Develop short and intensive courses on different ICM-related topics; and
- Place students in internships or work placements in governmental and NGO organizations working on ICM.