Marine Optics class at the Darling Marine Center
A great benefit of working in a moderately sized or large marine program is that both principal investigators and students gain exponentially from strong interactions within clusters of faculty, postdocs, staff and students who have related research interests. At about 50 faculty, the School of Marine Sciences is one of the largest marine units in the country. Clusters provide ideal sources of graduate supervisory committees. The existence of a nucleus of faculty with overlapping research interests is in fact among the best criteria for choosing one graduate school over another. Furthermore, at the advanced graduate level, distinctions between research and teaching blur as students, postdocs, staff and faculty push the limits of existing knowledge. Many members of the clusters listed here co-teach courses that take advantage of their common interests. Although many pairs and larger groupings of faculty within clusters do actively collaborate, we do not wish to create the impression that all investigators within a cluster actively collaborate on specific projects at the present time.
Two modes of cluster use by students complement one another. Students can fit into an existing cluster of collaborating faculty, adding faculty from other departments, or they can build new clusters in their supervisory committees. Marine sciences are highly interdisciplinary, and novel combinations in new directions often appear first in the form of Ph.D. projects that build between two formerly separate skills or fields. Visit the complete faculty list and make your own clusters.