Marine Biology & Ecology

Letter from the Director

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Marine Biology and Ecology (MBE) graduate program at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. If you consider yourself a marine biologist or want the training to become one, then you’ve found the right place. MBE offers MS and PhD degrees with original research in the form of a thesis and dissertation, respectively. What makes us unique is the excellence of our faculty and our location in the subtropics, which is perfect for marine field studies. We are a venerable program going back 70+ years, with an affirmed record of excellence and impact on the scientific community. As an example, our ~36 MBE graduate students published >30 papers last year in the scientific literature.

MBE also offers Master of Professional Science degrees (MPS) in tracks called Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management, Oceans and Human Health, and Fisheries Management and Conservation. The MPS is an accelerated degree that is self-funded and substitutes an internship for the thesis. For much more on the MPS degree program, visit the MPS webpages here.

In MBE, MS and PhD students can choose from a diversity of research areas and coursework taught by internationally recognized scientists studying corals and climate change, fisheries biology and conducting biomedical research. MBE faculty, students, and their many international collaborators participate in multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary research programs that provide a broad educational perspective. These topics provide a rich environment for students choosing thesis and dissertation topics under the supervision of our excellent faculty.

To stay up-to-date with our news and events, please follow us on Facebook. I encourage you to email faculty members directly with specific questions about their research, and whether they are recruiting PhD students for fall 2018. Reach out to me with further questions about the MS and PhD degree programs. The staff of our Graduate Studies Office is well informed about our graduate programs and they can be reached at If you have questions about the MPS program, please contact Thank you for stopping by and we look forward to receiving your application!

Elizabeth A. Babcock, PhD
Director, Marine Biology and Ecology MS and PhD Programs

Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry You can find details about opportunities for PhD research for the upcoming academic year here.