Ocean Physics and Engineering
The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering (AOPE) Department is one of the foremost
departments in the world in producing ocean instruments, sensors,
and vehicles. We also take pride in our growing reputation
in interdisciplinary ocean science and engineering.
In 2005, members of the Biology Department conducted research
on a broad range of topics, addressing fundamental questions
in subdisciplines from population biology and ecology, to
the physiology and molecular biology of organisms in the sea.
Biological subjects include viruses, bacteria and protists,
phytoplankton, zooplankton, fishes, sea birds, and mammals.
The core strength of the Geology and Geophysics (G&G)
Department lies in studies of the geology and geophysics of
ocean basins and margins, and the underlying dynamics of the
mantle that keep the tectonic plates in motion; the geochemistry
of Earth systems, from processes deep within the Earth to
interactions between geology and biology; climate change and
its relation to ocean circulation; and coastal processes,
including climatic effects on coastal systems and extreme
events, such as hurricanes.
Chemistry and Geochemistry
Scientists in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
Department had another busy year in 2005. Staff members could
be found throughout the world’s oceans on research cruises,
back in the lab analyzing samples and working on new chemical
techniques, and using models to understand everything from
small-scale geochemical reactions to large-scale global processes.
Research in the Physical Oceanography Department is focused
on the description and understanding of the evolving state
of the ocean and its interaction with the atmosphere and the
Earth, and its impact on climate change.