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80 SECTION E • Educational Institutions • BG 2017 MISSISSIPPI Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Ocean Springs, Miss. The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) was founded in 1947 and became part of the state university system in 1950. Now, as an integral part of the University of Southern Mississippi, the laboratory continues its mission in coastal sciences by offering educational opportunities, providing service to business and the public and conducting research on a broad spectrum of marine topics. GCRL is formally affiliated with 61 colleges and universities in 18 states. Among the courses offered during the GCRL Summer Field Program are: barrier island ecology; dolphin and whale behavior; coastal herpetology; coastal ornithology; marine toxicology; environmental photography; marine embryol- ogy; oceanography; marine biology; marine ecology; shark biology; marine invertebrate zoology; marine aquaculture; marine ichthyology; stingray physiology; parasites of marine animals; and marine mammals. Special problems or special topics courses may be ar- ranged with a member of the faculty. Most courses may be taken for either undergraduate or graduate credit. Students who enroll in the Summer Field Program will earn credits that can be transferred back to their home institution. Thesis or dissertation research may also be conducted at the GCRL. Although GCRL offers no undergraduate degree, it does support a graduate program through the Department of Coastal Sciences where students can earn a master's and/or doctoral degree. Areas of expertise among the faculty cover coastal ecology and ecosystem processes, environmental and organismal health, fisheries and marine aquaculture. This full-time research facility employs approximately 200 people. GCRL's main campus, a 50-acre site in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, has teaching laboratories, well- equipped experimental laboratories, dormitory and dining facilities, and a 200,000-specimen research museum. The Gunter Library has 12,500 books, 28,000 journal volumes and 25,500 reprints. GCRL's Marine Education Center, which was lost during Hurricane Katrina, is expected to reopen a new facility at the Laboratory's 200-acre Cedar Point site. Also at the Cedar Point site is a state-of-the-art marine aquaculture facility. The laboratory's research ves- sel, Tommy Munro, at 98 feet, is the largest of four in the GCRL fleet. Contact: Office of Student Services, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, MS 39564-7000; 228- 818-8890; fax: 228-818-8894. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Ocean Springs, Miss. The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium promotes research, education and public services for the responsible development and use of coastal and marine resources. Nine institutions of higher learning in Mississippi and Alabama comprise the consortium: Auburn University, Jackson State University, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the University of Ala- bama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Univer- sity of Mississippi, University of South Alabama, the Univer- sity of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University. The consortium offers neither courses nor degrees and does not maintain laboratories nor research vessels, since these are the responsibilities of the participating institutions. Pres- ently, the consortium conducts projects dealing with living marine resources, marine technology research and devel- opment, marine environment research, socioeconomic and legal studies, marine education, and advisory services. Con- tact: Dr. LaDon Swann, Executive Director, Mississippi-Ala- bama Sea Grant Consortium, 703 Beach Dr., Ocean Springs, MS 39564; 228-818-8836; fax: 228-818-8841; swanndl@; University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, Miss. The University of Southern Mississippi has been given the leadership role in marine science in Mississippi by the state's Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, and it provides several avenues for study and research in this area. Opportunities exist to develop special academic programs tailored to the individual needs of the student. The Department of Biological Sciences offers a variety of courses in marine and coastal biology, leading to a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in biology, with an emphasis in marine biology. Teaching and research fellowships are available through the department. The Department of Geology offers a B.S. in geology and, upon approval by the faculty, the requirements for field geol- ogy may be met by taking summer geology courses at marine stations. The Department of Marine Science is strategically located at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Missis- sippi, home to the world's largest population of oceanogra- phers and hydrographers. The department offers both master's and doctoral degrees in marine science, with emphasis in biological, chemical, geological or physical marine science and a master's degree in hydrographic science. The Hydro- graphic Science Research Center is the research component of the Southern Mississippi Hydrographic Science Program, providing collaborative research capabilities focused on improving navigation and charting capabilities for the U.S. Navy, commercial vessels and recreational boaters. Stipends general laboratories. In addition, the university has built a coastal marine laboratory within 15 miles of the North Dart- mouth campus. Contact: Dr. Jefferson Turner, Chair, Depart- ment of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd., North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Woods Hole, Mass. Programs of study and research leading to a Ph.D. in ocean- ography awarded jointly by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Massachusetts Institute of Tech- nology (MIT) are offered. Cross-registration privileges with Harvard University and Brown University [See separate list- ings] and other less formal cooperative arrangements with other universities provide opportunities to develop special academic programs tailored to the individual needs of the student. WHOI, in partnership with MIT, offers programs leading to jointly awarded graduate degrees in oceanography with specialization in either biological oceanography, chemi- cal oceanography, marine geology and marine geophysics, physical oceanography and oceanographic engineering or an ocean engineering degree. Within the oceanographic engi- neering program, students may specialize in civil, electrical, mechanical, chemical, ocean or materials science engineer- ing. A student's place of residence in the joint program is determined by his/her academic needs and chosen field of study and research. A limited number of 18-month, post-doctoral awards are offered on a competitive basis for recent doctorates in the sciences or engineering fields who are interested in the ocean sciences and oceanographic engineering. Summer fel- lowships and minority fellowships are offered to advanced undergraduates. The institution's facilities include year-round operation of a waterfront lab and docking facilities; well-equipped labs for research in biological, chemical, geological, geophysical, physical oceanography and ocean engineering; computer services; combined library resources of WHOI, Marine Bio- logical Lab and National Marine Fisheries Service Labora- tory; and an experienced oceanographic research fleet. Con- tact: Julia Westwater, Registrar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Education Office, 360 Woods Hole Rd., Clark 223, MS#31, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1541; www.whoi. edu. Degrees offered: Ph.D. in oceanography; Ph.D. or Sc.D. in oceanography, oceanographic engineering. A professional engineer's and master's degree. MICHIGAN Great Lakes Water Studies Institute Northwestern Michigan College Traverse City, Mich. Northwestern Michigan College provides multiple academic degree and professional training programs for the marine industry. Located directly on Lake Michigan, program areas include remotely operated vechicle (ROV) systems and op- erations, hydrographic surveying and acoustic imaging, en- vironmental monitoring, search and recovery (SAR) and data processing and marine project management. Michigan State University East Lansing, Mich. Although no degrees are granted in oceanography, a broad spectrum of courses and specializations are offered at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including a marine eco- system management specialization within the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. A limited number of required courses at all degree levels allow specialization in chemical, physical and biological oceanography; geochemistry; sedimentology; geophysics; fisheries biology and management; environmen- tal geology; limnology; and aquatic ecology. Facilities and equipment include small boats for inland lake and Great Lake research; a limnological field station at Hickory Cor- ners, Michigan; scanning electron microscope; microprobe; facilities for neutron activation analysis; stable isotope mass spectrometry; gas chromatography; and multiple labora- tories. Cooperative programs are available with industry, government agencies and several marine research stations. Contact: Chairperson, Department of Geological Sciences or Chairperson, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1115. Degrees offered: B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in geological sci- ences. B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental geosciences. B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife. University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. The University of Michigan offers programs of study and re- search leading to Ph.D. degrees in oceanography and aquatic ecosystems and management and M.S. degrees in water resources management, water resources science and ocean- ography. These programs are offered through the College of Engineering, School of Natural Resources and Environment and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Contact: Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Ml 48109-1070; www.rackham. sel engines. College-level students work with scientists and professional crew on independent research projects during six-week research cruises in the northwest Atlantic, Carib- bean and Pacific oceans. Courses at sea include Practical Oceanography I and II, to be taken while students participate in all shipboard ac- tivities. A preparatory six-week intensive shore component takes place at the Woods Hole campus. Courses ashore in- clude oceanography, nautical science and maritime studies. Classes begin six times a year. Undergraduate courses offered are 17 semester hours (full semester) via Boston University for both the shore and sea components. Contact: Office of Admissions, Sea Education Association, P.O. Box 6, Woods Hole, MA 02543; 800-552-3633; 508-540-3954; fax: 800- 977-8516;; Suffolk University Boston, Mass. The Robert S. Friedman Field Station, dedicated on October 7, 1973, is a 40-acre marine field station on the shores of Cobscook Bay in Edmunds, Maine. The station exists as a camping field station and is comprised of small cabins that serve as sleeping facilities, a central multipurpose building, laboratory facilities, three classrooms, a circulating seawater system and several small watercraft. The facility is utilized by groups from a number of edu- cational institutions throughout New England. The biology department of Suffolk University offers several field-oriented courses during the academic year, as well as a summer pro- gram, which make extensive use of the facility in support of the marine science program. Although the facility was or- ganized primarily to meet the need for undergraduate field experience in the marine environment, visiting scientists and graduate students make use of the station to collect and study data. The field station has the advantage of being in the lower Bay of Fundy region in the northernmost coastal region of Maine. The bay has the greatest fluctuation of tide anywhere in the continental United States and allows ready access for the collecting of many marine organisms. The U.S. Depart- ment of the Interior maintains the Moose-horn National Wildlife Refuge in the immediate area and carries on exten- sive research with the woodcock. Contact: Dr. Carl Merrill III, Director, R.S. Friedman Field Station, Suffolk University, 41 Temple St., Boston. MA 02114. University of Massachusetts, Amherst Amherst, Mass. The Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts of- fers a wide selection of academic programs related to marine food science, fisheries, economics and coastal resources. Undergraduate degree programs are available in marine fisheries (Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management), resource economics and biology. Graduate research pro- grams on marine topics are particularly well developed in food science and nutrition, marine fisheries and coastal and wetland ecology. For information on academic programs, inquiry should be made directly to the individual academic departments. The university also has two special facilities that conduct research on marine topics. The University of Massachusetts Marine Station at Gloucester is an interdisciplinary research facility operated by the College of Food and Natural Resources on the coast of Gloucester, approximately 35 miles north of Boston. The station is equipped for marine biochemical, biological and chemical studies in laboratories with research equipment, cultural facilities, a machine shop and small library. Both ba- sic and applied research is conducted by faculty and gradu- ate students from the Amherst campus with accommodations made on a priority basis for visiting scientists, faculty and students from other institutions. The educational component of the station is administered by the respective departments on the Amherst campus. Degrees offered and requirements are those of the respective departments at the main university. A major current interest of the station is applied and basic research on the technology of marine foods. Contact: Dr. Cleve Willis, Dean, College of Food and Natural Resources, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003. The Environmental Institute at Amherst is a unit of the grad- uate school that links the research expertise of the university with state and federal environmental agencies. In the marine area, the institute administers the Cooperative Marine Edu- cation and Research Program, a joint program between the university and NOAA through the National Marine Fisheries Service. This program funds faculty and graduate student re- search on a broad array of marine and coastal issues. Con- tact: Dr. Richard Taupier, Director, Blaisdell House, Univer- sity of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-0820. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth North Dartmouth, Mass. The proximity of the university to the marine environment has resulted in a special emphasis on both faculty research and course orientation toward the estuaries and nearshore waters of the Buzzards Bay region of the Massachusetts coast. The Biology Department offers programs of study and research leading to B.S. and M.S. degrees in marine biology. At this campus, the university supports several teaching and research laboratories equipped for most standard physi- ological and ecological analyses. Amenities such as several constant temperature rooms, a greenhouse and a 15-meter oceanographic research vessel, Lucky Lady, supplement the

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