Home   /   School of Marine Science and Policy   /   Marine Biosciences

Marine Biosciences Program

School of Marine Science and Policy: Marine Biosciences

  • Adam Marsh scuba dive
    Marine biosciences researchers are studying how organisms survive in bitterly cold ocean environments.
  • Patrick Gaffney research
    Students assist in genetic research on white perch populations to potentially help inform consumption advisories.

The Marine Biosciences faculty seek to understand how organisms function within, interact with, and affect marine environments.  Organisms of interest range from microbes to the fish that populate the oceans, all of which are critical to a sustainable marine environment.  We work from the poles to the equator from estuaries to the open ocean and deep into sediments.  Our work in the laboratory and field helps to understand how human activities shape the marine environment and how these effects can be managed. The world is our laboratory and we invite you to come learn more about it.

Our students engage in coursework that provides them tools to understand biological processes at scales ranging from molecules to ecosystems.  Both the Ph.D. and M.S. programs are based on students making contributions to science through research. Faculty and students carry out their research using state of the art research vessels and facilities for microscopy, cell-sorting, genomics and chemical analyses at the Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes, Del., the Delaware Biotechnology Institute in Newark, and the entirety of the main campus in Newark, Del.  Our alumni have gone on to positions in academia, industry, government and non-governmental organizations.

Core Faculty

  • Jennifer Biddle: microbial ecology; metagenomics; deep biosphere; geobiology; microbial diversity; archaea
  • Jon Cohen: comparative physiology and behavior of marine animals; sensory systems; vision; zooplankton ecology; polar biology
  • Kathryn Coyne      
  • Danielle Dixson: coral reef ecology; animal behavior; sensory systems; ocean acidification; larval ecology; shark ecology; habitat degradation
  • Pat Gaffney
  • Thomas Hanson: microbes; sulfur; biogeochemistry; microbial genomics; microbial physiology
  • David Kirchman: microbes; bacteria; microbial ecology; microbial oceanography; carbon cycle; microbial diversity
  • Adam Marsh    
  • Mark Warner: physiological ecology of phytoplankton and symbiodinium-invertebrate symbioses; coral reefs; harmful algal blooms (HABs); photosynthesis; climate change
  • Joanna York: estuarine ecology; nitrogen biogeochemistry; eutrophication; watershed-estuary linkages


Emeritus Faculty


Joint Appointment Faculty

  • Pamela Green: Department of Plant and Soil Science, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • K. Eric Wommack: Department of Plant and Soil Science, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Julia Maresca: Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Clara Chan: Department of Geological Sciences

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.

Learn more>>

CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

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

Learn More
Department of Geological Sciences

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

Learn More
Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

Learn More

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

Back to Top