UVI, UM Rosenstiel Sign Collaborative Agreement

Universities to Work Together to Build Multidisciplinary Research Capabilities in Studying Oceans, Atmosphere

UVI/UM (L-R) Dr. Betsy Gladfelter (Woods Hole), University of the Virgin Islands President David Hall and Dr. Peter Ortner (University of Miami-Rosenstiel School)

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands — Earlier this summer representatives of the University of Miami’s (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) signed an agreement to cooperate in their scientific research and educational endeavors The new affiliation will allow investigators to collaborate on research projects, share library resources, host joint meetings and symposia, and apply for funding in areas of mutual interest. The partnership will also allow both universities to host graduate and undergraduate researchers, providing them with unrivaled opportunities to conduct fieldwork.

In addition, the agreement will provide students with access to virtual seminars, which will enable them to remotely attend classes. Rosenstiel School students, for example, will be able to attend classes offered by RSMAS alumnae, Dr. Nasseer Idrisi, a biological oceanographer and research professor in UVI’s Center for Marine and Environmental Science (CMES). This fall, Idrisi will broadcast his classes from the deck of a research vessel, where through a grant from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, he will be studying the tectonic processes at work on the Shatsky Rise east of Japan.

Dr. Peter Ortner, UM Rosenstiel School research professor and director of NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) and Dr. Betsy Gladfelter of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently met with Dr. David Hall, the new president of UVI, to contribute to UVI’s strategic planning process. WHOI signed a similar, yet separate, agreement with UVI.

According to Ortner, “These agreements will contribute to the continued success of the NSF-funded Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR), designed to promote the development of the Territory’s science and technology resources. We are proud to be working with UVI to advance our understanding of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere, and looking forward to providing our students with the expanded research opportunities this collaboration will offer.“

About the University of the Virgin Islands
The University of the Virgin Islands is a learner-centered institution dedicated to the success of its students and committed to enhancing the lives of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean through excellent teaching, innovative research, and responsive community service. For more information, please visit

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
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