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Biographical Oceanography

You could be the first person to see a new animal hybrid, adaptation, or behavior! As an astute observer, you already know the characteristic range of many species’ expressions. For example, you know the usual sizes, colors, habitats, and behaviors of dogs (this is called “characteristic expressions”). So, if you saw a six-inch green dog flying out of a tree, you’d know this was a new species’ expression (or it’s time to wake up from a really strange dream)!

Being a scientist means getting to know all you can about what you find the most fascinating about nature. Understanding the amazing diversity of creatures on Earth requires knowledge of the environmental factors shaping their habitats and life histories. Can you imagine being a snail, a swift swordfish, or a gigantic trans-oceanic blue whale? What are the most important concerns for survival? Would a well-fed sea otter choose to play all day, how many tentacles does an octopus need, and what’s going on in the brains of a dolphin?

Chemical Oceanography

There is critical work to be done for the protection of the ocean, atmosphere, and every biological being that relies upon a healthy habitat. Clean water is a necessity for all life on earth. Fresh water sources and marine waters are threatened by climate change, multiple pollutants, and economic issues. Our future heroes will engage these challenges with new ideas, resourceful thinking and a perspective that inspires global cooperation.

Physical Oceanography

The ocean is constantly in motion–from currents that span the seas, to the waves that crash onshore, to the transport of vital nutrients to its inhabitants. Physical oceanography is concerned with the study of this movement, how its movement is effected by external factors, and what impact it has for marine life and life on land.

Atmosphere and Ocean Interaction

The interaction between the earth’s atmosphere and the ocean plays a huge role in the planet’s climate system. Energy is continuously transferred between the two, and because of this, both the air and oceans are constantly changing. There is a pressing need to better understand this interdependence due to its effects on climate change and life in the sea.

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