Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management

Master Of Professional Science

Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Degree Track

The Master of Professional Science Degree in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management provides students with advanced training in the theoretical aspects of tropical marine ecology, as well as the practical aspects needed to begin a career in this field. Theory focuses on nearshore, benthic ecosystems common to tropical and subtropical regions worldwide (coral reefs, seagrasses, and mangroves) and emphasizes threats facing these ecosystems. Practical aspects of the course include field methods and techniques, taxonomy and identification of common vertebrates, invertebrates, algae and marine plants, GIS and remote sensing of shallow water marine environments, scientific diving (through the American Academy of Underwater Sciences), and small boat handling (through the Department of the Interior’s Motorboat Operator Certification Course). This degree is excellent preparation for technical positions in marine conservation and management and marine ecosystem science at one of a number of state and federal agencies, institutions, and NGOs.

Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management (TME)

The MPS in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management provides students with advanced training in the theoretical aspects of tropical marine ecology, as well as the practical aspects needed to begin a career in this field. Please see our departmental web site for more information about this program.

Plan of Study Grid

Total Credit Hours30
FallCredit Hours
MBE 615Tropical Marine Ecology3
RSM 600Research Diving Techniques (Can be taken in Fall or Spring) Or ELECTIVE3
RSM 667Motorboat Operator Certificate Course1-2
RSM 612 or MES 608Statistics for Environmental Management
or Biometrics in Marine Science
3
MES 620, 720,
or 616
Environmental Law (or ELECTIVE)
or Coastal Law and Policy
or Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis
3
Credit Hours12
SpringCredit Hours
MBE 621 Field Techniques and Instrumentation in Tropical Marine Ecology3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
3
MES 610 Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement (or ELECTIVE)3
MES 646Marine Population Biology Processes And Modeling (or ELECTIVE)3
Credit Hours12
SummerCredit Hours
MBE 805MPS Internship6
Credit Hours6
Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

Additional Elective Options

CodeTitleCredit Hours
BIL 623Advanced Biology of Marine Invertebrates4
MES 606Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures3
MBE 716Bayesian Statistics For Marine Scientists3
MBE 704Biological Oceanography3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 602Economics of Natural Resources3
MES 620Environmental Law3
MES 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
MBE 678Evolutionary Genetics3
MES 614Underwater Archaeology Field Techniques3
MES 604 Fieldwork in Coastal Management: Tourism, Conservation, and Development3
MES 605Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures3
MES 625Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management 3
POL 631Global Environment Politics3
MES 710International Ocean Law And Governance3
MES 626Submerged Cultural Resource Management3
MES 616Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis3
RSM 710The Physical Environment of Marine Organisms3
MES 601 Political Ecology of Marine Management3
MES 662Spatial Analysis: Intermediate Course in Marine GIS3
MBE 614Tropical Marine Biology: A Field Course3
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin