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The mission of the Department of Marine Science is to cultivate intellectual development and creativity through graduate and undergraduate education; to advance the fields of marine and hydrographic science through excellence in research; promote our position within the University, local, national and international communities through service and economic development activities; and, to communicate our programs to the public through outreach.
The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science (DMS) began in the mid-1980’s when the state assigned the university the leadership role in marine science. Initially called the Center for Marine Science, the department established multi-disciplinary graduate programs in marine science. DMS marine science degree programs (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) emphasize a cross-discipline approach in which all students obtain a working understanding of the four major fields of marine science: physical oceanography, geological oceanography, biological oceanography, and marine chemistry. This approach to educating competent marine scientists has been embraced by many of this nation’s most successful oceanographic institutions.
The department also offers an intensive M.S. program in hydrographic science. The hydrographic science program has received Category A certification from the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)/International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). The FIG/IHO International Advisory Board is responsible for reviewing the "standards of competence" for hydrographic surveyors.
Departmental faculty cover a broad sweep of marine and environmental research interests. The department currently has 14 tenure-track faculty in addition to numerous research scientists and post doctoral scholars, whose research interests cover a broad spectrum of marine sub-disciplines ranging from physical oceanography and data assimilation to ocean optics, marine coastal sedimentary processes, and micropaleontology, ocean productivity, geochemistry and trace chemical analysis, hydrographic science, coupled physical-biogeochemical modeling, development/application of ecosystem models, and remote sensing. Adjunct faculty provide additional expertise in fields such as ocean acoustics and numerical modeling.
We Conduct Global Research
The following are just a few of the diverse locations in which our faculty maintain on-going projects:
- Arabian Sea
- Chesapeake Bay
- Coastal Taiwan
- The Great Lakes
- Gulf of Mexico
- Indian Ocean
- Marshes of the Northern Gulf of Mexico
- Mississippi and Pearl Rivers
- Northern Gulf of Mexico shelf
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Sargasso Sea
- Southern Ocean
- Yukon River basin, AK