Marine Sciences (PhD)

Degree: Doctoral Degrees

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The Department of Marine Sciences supports MS and PhD programs. Courses of study are currently offered in the biological, chemical, and physical areas of marine science. Graduate students have access to the extensive field and laboratory facilities of the School of Marine Programs in Athens and at Sapelo Island, Skidaway Island, and Brunswick on the Georgia coast.


Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Old College
Athens, GA 30602-1732
Phone: 706/542-3400

Academic Department

Marine Sciences
Marine Sciences Bldg
Athens, GA 30602-3636
Phone: 706/542-7671


Graduate Coordinator

Christof Meile


The UGA Department of Marine Sciences has 27 full-time faculty on the Athens campus and at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography engaged in research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Faculty research interests range from the ecology of bacteria and phytoplankton, to inorganic and organic biogeochemistry, to ecosystem dynamics modeling and ocean acoustics.

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.

The School of Marine Sciences participates in the undergraduate interdisciplinary studies program and the Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering Certificate Program, and is a member of UGA's Integrated Life Sciences.



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