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Graduate Degrees

PhD in Marine and Environmental Sciences

The PhD program in Marine and Environmental Sciences will train independent scientists whose research addresses fundamental and applied questions at local, regional, national, and global scales.

MS in Marine Biology

The Master of Science in Marine Biology emphasizes close interaction between graduate students and faculty members in developing the intellectual and experimental skills required for creative, independent research.

MS in Environmental Science and Policy

The program emphasizes a broadly interdisciplinary and synthetic approach that integrates knowledge in the environmental sciences with their counterparts in the social sciences.


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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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07/31/19 - BOSTON, MA. - Aron Stubbins, associate professor of marine and environmental sciences, uses a solar simulator to inspect microplastics from the open ocean in the Mugar Life Sciences Building on July 31, 2019. Stubbins received a grant from the National Sciences Foundation to study the effect of sunlight on microplastics. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

Nearly Eight Million Tons of Plastic Is Missing from Our Oceans. Where Did It Go?

Professor Aron Stubbins's research into microplastics provides important insight into the whereabouts of almost eight million metric tons of missing plastic.
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Pleistocene fossil of Acropora prolifera collected in the Falmouth Formation, Rio Bueno, Jamaica, W.I. Photo by William F. Precht

How Coral Hybridization in the Caribbean Could Change Our Understanding of Disease and Genetics

Professor Steven Vollmer and his co-authors discussed the fossil and genetic context that proves the long-term existence of a specific coral hybrid.
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