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The research being conducted at SoMAS seeks to understand the way our marine, atmospheric, and terrestrial environments function; as well as the impact of human interactions with these systems. These problems all require knowledge from multiple disciplines and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences encourages interdisciplinary research. Unlike many other places, we do not have traditional departments. What we do have is a large number of faculty and students who work together to better understand our planet.


One way of understanding the research that is done here at SoMAS is to look at the traditional scientific disciplines that our faculty came from. Clicking on any of these specific disciplines will provide a list of current SoMAS faculty and their research projects that uses the knowledge from these disciplines. You’ll notice that many faculty appear under more than one discipline and that is because most modern problems require interdisciplinary knowledge.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Economics

Integrated Programs

There are several research areas that significant numbers of SoMAS faculty work on. These research themes do not cover every single research project that occurs at SoMAS but they do represent several specialty areas where SoMAS researchers have significant expertise.

  • Environmental Modeling and Prediction
  • Patterns and Impacts of Climate Change
  • Environmental Health and Contaminants
  • Conservation and Management of Marine Resources
  • Biogeochemical Transformation of Energy and Elements


Traditional Disciplines

While we do not have strict disciplinary boundaries at SoMAS, for many students and researchers the traditional research areas of marine, atmospheric and environmental science may be useful in understanding the research that occurs here.

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biological Oceanography and Marine Biology
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Geological Oceanography
  • Physical Oceanography

Additionally, SoMAS researchers study the local area and areas across the globe.

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