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Marine Policy Program

School of Marine Science and Policy: Marine Policy Program

The Marine Policy Program examines the economic, legal, political, and social aspects of the world ocean, the seabed, and the coastal zone. Students and faculty in the program analyze public issues regarding the law of the sea, ports and shipping, marine minerals, ocean and coastal zone management, fisheries, Naval affairs, marine biotechnology, and the global environment, frequently making recommendations for policy at the regional, national, and international level.

  • Katya Samoteskul
    Marine policy graduate students explore offshore wind, marine spatial planning, climate change adaptation, and many other issues.
  • electric vehicle to grid technology
    Marine policy faculty member Willett Kempton helped create a small fleet of all-electric vehicles fitted with vehicle-to-grid technology to feed power to the electric grid.
  • wind turbine
    Students gain hands-on experience in wind turbine technology by with UD's turbine at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.
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This multidisciplinary academic program is designed to give students a strong foundation in policy analysis integrating the disciplines of social and economic sciences, physical and life sciences, governance and technology policy.  Students have opportunities to focus on their desired area of expertise and acquire state-of-the-art policy research and policy analytical skills, while working closely with our Marine Policy (MP) faculty. Students in the MP Program develop expertise in the theory and practice of policy and governance, policy analysis, and policy research related to the management and protection of marine resources, ocean and coastal ecosystems, and coupled natural-human environments.

The program is particularly appropriate for students with social and political science, economics and social science, and/or marine science backgrounds. Successful students include persons with experience in public or private sectors returning to advance marine policy expertise and recently graduated students continuing their matriculation with focused interests related to marine policy.  The MP program is committed to supplying exciting research opportunities, access to diverse science and policy activities, and a stimulating educational environment for students.

Degree Programs and Courses Offered

Core Faculty

  • George Parsons: Environmental economics, Applied welfare economics, Marine Resource Economics
  • Biliana Cicin-Sain: Integrated coastal and ocean governance, Ocean and coastal policy
  • James Corbett: Maritime transportation, Interdisciplinary technology-policy decision-making
  • Jeremy Firestone: Energy and wind power policy, Ocean, Coastal and Environmental Law Governance
  • Sunny Jardine: Natural Resource Economics, Environmental Economics, and Public Economics
  • Willett Kempton: Offshore wind power, Grid-integrated vehicles
  • Carolyn Thoroughgood: National ocean policy, Ocean observation and ocean science literacy

Associated Faculty

  • Lee Anderson (emeritus faculty) – Fisheries economics, bio-economic modeling of marine resources
  • Joshua Duke (joint faculty) - Land use, Natural resource & environmental economics, Property Rights
  • Kent Messer (joint faculty) - Environmental conservation, Provision of public goods, Response to risk
  • David Hodas (adjunct faculty) – Environmental, energy, natural resource, and climate law
  • Anthony Pratt (adjunct faculty) – Coastal management and administration of marine resources

Degree Programs in Marine Science and Policy

The School of Marine Science and Policy in UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees.

Masters degrees are offered in marine policy, marine studies (marine biosciences, oceanography, physical ocean science and engineering), and ocean engineering.

Students interested in doctoral programs can pursue a Ph.D. in Marine Studies, Ocean Engineering, or Oceanography.

Undergraduates can pursue a bachelor's degree in Marine Studies with a concentration in Marine Biology.


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