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The Ocean Sciences Department is an inclusive, supportive, and innovative community of people involved in oceanography and other marine sciences. We offer undergraduate and graduate courses in these disciplines. Students have access to a wide variety of research facilities and equipment through faculty sponsors. In addition to research and instructional activities along the California coast, interests of the core faculty and their students include biological, chemical, and physical oceanography; sediment, marine, organic, and trace metal biogeochemistry; marine plankton, phytoplankton ecology, paleoceanography, aquatic microbial ecology, ecological modeling, and remote sensing (satellite oceanography); numeric modeling of coastal and basin-scale dynamics; midwater ecology and climatology, among others.

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Global rank for research influence by citation index (2018)

Best Marine Biology School in California (2022)

Research partners in institutions and facilities along Monterey Bay

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Postdoctoral Scholar in Biologging and Behavioral Ecology of Marine Mammals
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UCSC researchers win NOAA grants to study climate change patterns in California’s marine sanctuaries

Two UC Santa Cruz researchers will be delving deeper into coastal and climate resiliency efforts within California’s marine sanctuaries as part of two recent grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Ocean scientist Christina Ravelo awarded AGU’s Maurice Ewing Medal

The American Geophysical Union’s Ewing Medal is given annually in recognition of significant original contributions to the ocean sciences.