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School of Ocean Science and Engineering

Spotlights

Meet some of our students and faculty who share their journey, expertise, and research as members of the School of Ocean Science and Engineering at USM.

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Students

Marthonette Aguilar

Ocean Engineering

I chose Ocean Engineering as a major, here's why.

Undergraduate Marthonette Aguilar shares why she chose Ocean Engineering as her major, after attending USM’s Hydrography Day during her Junior year in high school.

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Coastal Science

From Seagrass Systems to Turtle Sightings Surveys in Roatán, Honduras

Christian Hayes, Ph.D. student, has conducted meaningful and practical research in the marine environment, which has prepared him for a future career in academia.

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Coastal Science

Lab Work Opens Doors

As a graduate student in Coastal Sciences, Alfonso Cohuo, discovered his passion through his work in an ecology lab.

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Brandy Armstrong

 

Marine Science

Research Scientist with the Ocean Modeling  Group

As a staff research scientist with the ocean modeling group, Brandy Armstrong is working to develop a Coupled Ocean Atmosphere Wave Sediment Transport (COAWST) model of the Mississippi Sound and Bite.

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Marine Science

Building Ocean Forecasting Products for the Navy

After first year of graduate school, Lea Locke-Wynn lands a job at the Naval Oceanographic Office.

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Steven Ates

Ocean Engineering

Joining the New Program

After starting off as a Marine Biology major, Steven Ates discovers his career path when he changes to the new program in Ocean Engineering.

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Faculty

 

 

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Ocean Engineering

The Next Generation of Autonomous Platforms

Dr. Gero Nootz’s research, which is carried out within the Ocean Exploration Lab (OEL), revolves around expanding the capabilities of a new generation of small autonomous platforms, be it Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) or Autonomous Surface vehicles (ASVs).

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Mahdi Razaz

Ocean Engineering

An Interdisciplinary Study of Scientific Importance 

Mahdi Razaz's research focuses on developing and deploying new classes of acoustic and optical sensors to perform measurements where currently available instrumentation is not adequate. 

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Coastal Science

Developing Ecosystem Models in the Gulf of Mexico & the Mississippi River Delta

As a new faculty member, Dr. Kim de Mutsert, will use her research expertise in coastal and estuarine fish ecology and ecosystem modeling to mentor graduate students.

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Dr. Kristina Mojica

 

Marine Science

NASA Venture: Controlling Ocean System Function

Dr. Kristina Mojica was recently involved in a NASA Earth Venture Suborbital mission focused resolving key processes controlling ocean system function, their influences on atmospheric aerosols and clouds and their implications for climate. 

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Marine Science

A Look Into New Visiting Professor's Diverse Expertise

As an invertebrate ecologist and zoologist, Dr. Joris L. van der Ham, brings a diverse academic background to USM. He'll be able to provide his students with a well-rounded educational experience due to his diverse background in oceanography, marine ecology, and science policy, and more!

 

DR. VAN DER HAM'S EXPERTISE