Research Departments

Marine Ecosystems and Society

The world-class academic program in Marine Ecosystems and Society (MES) is interdisciplinary, broadly representing the functional and cultural intersection between humans and the sea. Our faculty and students embrace the ideology that we simply cannot solve the ocean’s greatest crises without accepting people and the marine environment as two, intrinsically linked components of the same earth system. To be effective in our efforts to protect biodiversity and enhance ecosystem sustainability, we foster and embody critical thinking across disciplinary boundaries, with technology and innovation at the forefront of every journey.

We have a dynamic team of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to ensuring that "humans and nature exist in productive harmony" (NEPA, 1969), and this guiding principle is represented by a wide array of disciplines from archaeology, to mathematical ecology, to climate change, and fisheries science.

Students enrolled in our program have the option to pursue a breadth of specializations and disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Science
  • Coastal Zone Management
  • Ecosystem Modeling and Sustainability
  • Exploration Science
  • Fisheries Management Science
  • Marine Mammal Science
  • Marine Population Dynamics
  • Marine Resource Economics
  • Ocean Law and Policy
  • Shark Ecology and Conservation
  • Underwater Archaeology