UNH starts school of marine science

Posted: 09/09/13 at 11:05 am EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- The University of New Hampshire has started a new school of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, focusing on newer topics such as adaptations to climate change and coastal planning, in addition to subjects such as marine biology and oceanography.

The school is the first interdisciplinary one at UNH and will provide graduate and undergraduate courses.

The school operates two research vessels as well as numerous smaller boats. It maintains the Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex in New Castle, the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory on Great Bay in Durham, and the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory on campus.

Nearly 70 faculty members from 14 departments in three colleges teach marine and ocean engineering-related courses to 300 undergraduate and 100 graduate students.

"Whether responding to an oil spill, mitigating the effects of climate change, or launching an aquaculture solution to declining fish stocks, we must provide knowledge that transcends biology, chemistry, engineering, economics, policy, and oceanography, among other disciplines," said UNH President Mark W. Huddleston, who announced the new school Monday.

The school will be housed in UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space. It will focus on three doctoral programs: ocean engineering, oceanography, and marine biology. The school will also develop graduate courses and certificate programs in areas such as coastal planning and adaptations to climate change. Undergraduates will continue to pursue marine-related studies within the various majors' departments.

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