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The UGA Department of Marine Sciences has 23 full-time faculty engaged in teaching and research at the graduate and undergraduate levels on the UGA main campus in Athens and at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA. Faculty research interests span the oceanographic disciplines covering the biological, chemical, physical and geological processes within the world's oceans. Interests range from the ecology of bacteria and phytoplankton, to inorganic and organic biogeochemistry, to ecosystem dynamics modeling and ocean acoustics.

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We offer graduate degree programs at the Ph.D. and M.S. levels with concentrations in biological, chemical, and physical oceanography. Current graduate students are conducting research in coastal ecology and processes, biological oceanography, molecular microbial ecology, sediment processes, environmental genomics, and marine ecosystem modeling.

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Reflecting this breadth of interests, our alumni work in academia in both research and outreach positions, industry such as biofuels and environmental consulting, and with governmental agencies.


The Department of Marine Sciences participates in the undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Marine Biology Area of Emphasis, Double Dawg,  the Water Resources Certificate and Study Away programs to the Georgia Coast. 

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