Biological Oceanography

SOEST faculty and staff engage in a broad range of exciting research opportunities in diverse marine habitats and ecosystems around the globe, from tropical to polar oceans and from the air-sea interface to the deep-ocean floor. Using coastal and open-water research ships, submersibles, satellite data, and a range of oceanographic sensing systems, students and faculty study charismatic megafauna like tuna, sharks, whales, and dolphins; survey and sample deep and shallow-water coral reefs, explore hydrothermal vent systems on the ocean floor, examine the interplay between complex planktonic, fishery, and microbial food webs, and lead the global research community on microbial ecology and biology.