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Mark Moline

Director, SMSP

Dr. Mark Moline is the Director of the School of Marine Science and Policy within the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. 


B.A., Biology, St. Olaf College, 1987
Ph.D., Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996


My research interests are generally centered around the distribution of plankton, their diversity, interactions, and role in ecosystems. Specifically, my interests include phytoplankton ecology, community dynamics, phytoplankton physiology, phytobiology, bio-optics, remote sensing, biogeochemistry and the impact of ocean physics on the abundance and distribution of organisms.

Specific habitats of interests include coastal zones, polar environments, estuaries and coral reefs.  In order to address topics of distribution and scale in the marine environment, I have integrated a number of novel sensors on autonomous underwater vehicles and helped to integrate these platforms in the oceanographic community.

Recently I have been working on a collaborative project called Project Recover, with the goal to locate and document aircraft associated with US servicemen missing in action for the purposes of recovery and repatriation. This is a combination of historical research, oceanography, archaeology, engineering, and application of technology.



• Marine Ecology• Ocean Observation• Physical Oceanography• Remote Sensing


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Earth Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences

Providing a unique spatial perspective that seeks to explain patterns of differences and commonality across the human and natural environment.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA • Phone: 302-831-2841
Geography and Spatial Sciences: 302-831-2294 • Earth Sciences: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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