With an interdisciplinary approach, we assess nutrient cycling in our adjacent wetlands and waters, investigate processes and rates of sediment transport and their effect on the behavior of benthic organisms, we study the biogeochemistry of hydrothermal vents, and using the geochemistry of coastal and deep sea sediments, we reconstruct past climate change. We utilize observational data and numerical models to better understand coastal and open ocean climate interactions.
Through research and course work, students learn about remote sensing, the development of microelectrode probes and sensors, cutting edge data assimilation and visualization techniques and autonomous underwater vehicles. Located directly on the Delaware River estuary, students have many opportunities to participate in coastal research cruises on board the R/V Hugh R Sharp, the R/V Joanne Daiber and smaller outboard-driven boats.
Students in the Oceanography Program pursue an M.S. degree in Marine Studies with a Concentration in Oceanography or a Ph.D. in Oceanography.
Degree Programs and Courses Offered
- Katharina Billups: paleoceanography, geochemistry, paleoclimate
- Wei-Jun Cai: estuarine and ocean carbon cycle and biogeochemistry, sensor development
- George Luther: marine chemistry, geochemistry, trace metal speciation, element redox cycles
- Doug Miller: marine ecology, benthic communities
- Mark Moline: marine ecology, ocean observation, physical oceanography, remote sensing
- Matt Oliver: biological oceanography, remote sensing, animal telemetry
- Christopher Sommerfield: estuarine and coastal sedimentary processes
- Art Trembanis: coastal morphodynamics and environmental robotics
- Bill Ullman: nutrient cycling in marginal marine systems
- Xia-Hai Yan: physical oceanography, climate change and remote sensing