University Roundup: The Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University

Rutgers IMCSRutgers’ Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences(IMCS) is an oceanographic research institute dedicated to discovering and communicating science about the planet for the benefit of society.  The faculty and staff are drawn from various departments within the university, including the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Department of Environmental Sciences, Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources, and the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory.  This diversity has led to major interdisciplinary initiatives  ocean science.  Since its creation in 1989, IMCS has grown with federal funding from agencies including NOAA, NSF, ONR, and NASA.  IMCS is also a leader in science education.  Public outreach and K-12 learning is part of the core of IMCS.

IMCS has both an undergraduate and a graduate program.  The undergraduate program includes a major in marine science that will prepare students for graduate work in oceanography and many other applied environmental and marine science fields.  The graduate program serves as a focus for interdisciplinary studies and research opportunities in estuarine, coast and open-ocean environments.  Students can apply for either the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy.

IMCS is also known for it’s fleet of Slocum Autonomous Underwater Gliding Vehicles.  These gliders continuously patrol the coastal oceans, using variable buoyancy to move underwater, collecting data that is sent back to base via satellite radios.

Here is some of the latest news from IMCS:

The Scarlet Knight’s Trans-Atlantic Challenge: A robots exploration of the unknown ocean

Exciting Science: Study on learning ocean science concepts gets underway

Antarctica is Changing as Climate Warms

IMCS to study how warming will stress coral symbionts

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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