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Marine and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences programs are designed to help students develop an in-depth understanding of the processes that affect the earth’s surface and their importance to society.

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Marine and Environmental Sciences Degree Programs

There are many programs offered for both undergraduates and graduates, on main campus in Boston and at the Marine Science Center in Nahant with an emphasis on experiential learning through programs like the Three Seas Program, enabling students to experience marine life first-hand.


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Neri dos Santos Silva watches an encroaching fire threat after digging trenches to keep the flames from spreading to the farm he works on, in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Under increasing international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the massive blazes. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

The Amazon Rainforest Has Been Burning for Weeks. Here’s Why That Matters.

The Amazon rainforest is on fire. Aron Stubbins, professor of marine and environmental sciences at Northeastern, explains why that's a global problem.
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Capt. Kevin Norton, center, of the Scituate-based commercial fishing trawler "Yankee Rose" tosses a freshly-caught Atlantic cod into a holding tank as biologist Jeff Kneebone (far left), deckhand Greg Cook, The Nature Conservancy's Chris McGuire and SMAST/UMass-Dartmouth researcher Doug Zemeckis (far right) look on during their research trip aboard Norton's boat. Photo by John Clarke Russ for The Nature Conservancy

Tracking Cod Spawning for Habitat Protection

As overfishing and climate change continue to threaten our marine resources, fisheries scientists in New England are working to develop best practices to manage iconic and economically valuable species, such…
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When DNA Goes Upside-down, so Can the Research

In a new paper, MES Assistant Professor Katie Lotterhos examines the nature of inverted DNA and its effect on statistical analysis.
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