Biological oceanogaphers study the ecology of the oceans. Their goal is to obtain a predictive understanding of the activities and distributions of marine organisms, from phytoplankton to apex predators. Current research in the EOAS department focuses on a variety of organisms from microbial communities to large marine mega-fauna at tropical to polar oceans and from the land-ocean interface to deep-ocean. Our research is often interdisciplinary, and uses a variety of approaches, including field observations, laboratory experiments, spatial analysis and theoretical models. The currency of investigations may be the numbers of individuals of various species, the concentration of a nutrient, or the distribution of a gene.
The program allows students to participate in research both in the laboratory and in the field. Many students get to participate in oceanographic cruises and some have the chance to work in the laboratories of our colleagues around the world. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of many of the questions biological oceanographers investigate, we often collaborate with chemical, geological, and physical oceanographers.
Frequently, we collaborate with colleagues at other institutions in this country (e.g. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the University of Washington) and abroad (e.g. Ifremer, France; the University of Southampton, U.K.; Max Plank Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany).
Our students also present the results of their research at professional meetings, for example, Ocean Sciences and the Benthic Ecology meetings.
(click on the professor's name to take you to their individual research page.)
- ecology, evolution, population genetics, and conservation of benthic marine invertebrates
- ecology and evolution of chemosynthetic ecosystem fauna, especially those on deep-sea whale falls
- ecology and island biogeography of seamount fauna, focusing on dep-sea corals
- ecology of shelf sedimentary environments
- coastal zone production and consumption processes
- marine conservation
- conservation planning, natural resource management
- anthropogenic and climate change impacts on marine mega-fauna, especially marine turtles
- phytoplankton ecology
- antarctic and tropical oceanic primary production
- nutrient acquisition by phytoplankton
- N2 Fixation by cynobacteria
- deep ocean extreme communities
- marine microbial ecology
- the biological pump
- plankton trophic dynamics
- the balance of new and export production
- Th-234 flux
- biogeochemical modeling