Academic Divisions

Marine Geology & Geophysics

About MGG

The Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics (MGG) has broad research interests in understanding the geology, geophysics and geochemistry of the earth system, beneath, within, and above the oceans. MGG faculty and students emphasize cross-divisional cooperation in which geological phenomena interact with or are influenced by processes generally studied in other disciplines, such as ocean currents, climate, and biological evolution. They are pioneering remote sensing techniques to assess the earth’s crustal movement and sedimentation in coastal zones. The Division is at the forefront of understanding carbonate deposit systems, and paleoclimate researchers are using stromatolites and reefs to learn more about past climate change by studying the interaction between biological and geological processes. Ocean observing systems, such as hydrological observatories, are playing prominently in research efforts as well.


The Division has many well-equipped modern laboratories, such as a SEM & TEM lab (with Drs. Patricia Blackwelder and Pamela Reid), rock properties (Dr. Gregor Eberli), stable isotope and geochemistry laboratories (Dr. Peter Swart), and the Neptune Isotope Laboratory (Dr. Ali Pourmand).


The undergraduate student wishing to prepare for graduate work in marine geology and geophysics must be well trained in the basic sciences. Applicants must take the GRE, and those whose first language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550. According to the special interests of the individual, the undergraduate major and minor should be in geology, physics, chemistry, and/or mathematics.

Funding Opportunities

The overwhelming majority of MGG students are supported as research assistants. These assistantships, which are awarded competitively, provide a monthly stipend and cover tuition costs. Students not supported as research assistants are generally supported on special fellowships provided by their employer or, for some non-U.S. students, their home country.

Degrees Offered

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Interdisciplinary studies with expertise in physics, chemistry, mathematics and/or biology are encouraged.

Other Perks

New initiatives within MGG include the South Florida and Caribbean Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit SFC CESU, Center for Southeastern Tropical Advance Remote Sensing (CSTARS), and the Research Initiative on Bahamian Stromatolites.


Marine Geology and Geophysics

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