The Ph.D. program in Marine Biology and Ecology (MBE) have the following subject emphases, from which each student chooses a relevant curriculum:
- Coral Reef and Coastal Ecology employs ecological, physiological and molecular approaches to understand, conserve, manage, and restore coral reefs, seagrasses, mangroves and their associated biota.
- Marine Organismal and Biomedical Science focuses on how marine organisms respond to their environment on physiological and evolutionary time scales. This research integrates whole animal and cellular studies of physiology, biochemistry, neurobiology, genomics, molecular biology, aging, pathology and toxicology to understand factors controlling these responses and to develop these systems as models for human health.
- Biological Oceanography focuses on adaptations, ecological interactions, food webs, and biogeochemical cycles of the ocean.
- Fisheries Science studies the direct and indirect impacts of living marine resource exploitation on marine populations, communities and habitats and investigates solutions to the problems of unsustainable, habitat-damaging and/or inefficient fishing, including the minimization of bycatch and food web disruption.
|The MBE Ph.D. degree requires 60 total credits. 1|
Choose 3 courses from the following:
|Biometrics in Marine Science|
|Tropical Marine Ecology|
|The Physical Environment of Marine Organisms|
Comprehensive Examination 3
Qualifying Examination 4
MBE Seminar 5
Educational Training Program (TA) 6
|Educational Training 1|
|Educational Training 2|
|Educational Training 3|
|Total Credit Hours||60|
Minimum of 24 course credits and 12 dissertation credits.
MBE students are not required to take a course outside the program.