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Estuarine and Ocean Sciences

The School for Marine Science & Technology's (SMAST) Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences (DEOS) pursues state-of-the-art basic and applied marine science research and provides quality graduate education. The department has a strong interdisciplinary emphasis.

High priority is placed on the development of innovative approaches and technologies and the training of the next generation of marine scientists for academia, government, and the private sector. 

The DEOS faculty identify their research programs with one or more of three research focus areas:

  • Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration
  • Marine biogeochemical processes
  • Oceanographic Modeling and Analysis
  • Ocean Observing/Remote Sensing
  • Ocean Physics
  • Coastal ocean processes
  • Marine Renewable Energy
  • Coastal Engineering and Fluid Mechanics

Research approaches

These research-focus areas are natural groupings within which the faculty collaborate with one another on ongoing and proposed research projects as well as on the development and teaching of SMAST courses. The strength of the focus areas and the overall DEOS research program derives from the recognized expertise of the individual faculty researchers and their collaboration across disciplinary interfaces.

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