Marine Conservation Degree Track

Marine Conservation Marine Conservation
Master of Professional Science

The Professional Master Degree in Marine Conservation provides students with advanced training in both the theoretical aspects of marine science and conservation, as well as the practical aspects required to begin a career in this field. This degree track is unique in that students design a curriculum that emphasizes their personal goals and interests, while focusing on innovative solutions to current marine ecosystem and organism threats. The goal of the track is to advance conservation efforts, scientific literacy and communication, public outreach and integration, and education within the marine realm. Practical aspects of the program will vary between individuals but may include exposure to field methods and techniques, GIS and remote sensing of shallow water marine environments, the development of environmental impact statements, coastal law, the development of social media, scientific communication, and statistics for environmental management.

This program includes two semesters of coursework and a 3–6 month internship at one of a number of local federal agencies, institutions, and NGO’s, in which students apply both the theory and practical aspects of their training to real-world projects. University of Miami students from several disciplines, including science, communication, law, education and engineering, will have the opportunity to participate in exciting hands-on field and virtual learning experiences. This degree provides excellent preparation for employment in areas of marine conservation, management, media, education, and ecosystem science.

Marine Conservation (MCO)

The goal of the track is to advance conservation efforts, scientific literacy and communication, public outreach and integration, and education within the marine realm. Practical aspects of the program will vary between individuals but may include exposure to field methods and techniques, GIS and remote sensing of shallow water marine environments, the development of environmental impact statements, coastal law, the development of social media, scientific communication, and statistics for environmental management.

Program Requirements


Marine Conservation Track

e.dalessandro@umiami.edu

(305) 421-4848
Publication Shulzitski, K., Sponaugle, S., Hauff, M., Walter, K., D'Alessandro, E.K., Cowen, R.K. (2015) Close encounters with eddies: oceanographic features increase growth of larval reef fishes during their journey to the reef. Bio. Letters 11(1) DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0746

Maria Estevanez

Coastal Zone Management, JD/MPS Track, & Marine Conservation

mestevanez@rsmas.miami.edu

(305) 421-4012
Ms. Estevanez has been conducting research on marine resource allocation policy. She has done several studies on recreational boating as they relate to environmental issues and marine policy. She uses computer-based geographic information systems in her research.

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag

Marine Conservation Track

n.hammerschlag@umiami.edu

(305) 421-4356
Dr. Neil Hammerschlag is a marine ecologist and Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy. His current research centers broadly on the behavioral ecology, conservation biology and movement ecology of marine predators, primarily...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Credit Hours
MES 671 Marine Conservation Biology: An Ecosystem-Based Paradigm 3
RSM 600 Research Diving Techniques (or ELECTIVE) 3
RSM 612 or MES 608 Statistics for Environmental Management (or ELECTIVE)
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 Hours 12
Spring Credit Hours
RSM 645 Scientific Communication (or ELECTIVE) 3
MES 710 or 618 International Ocean Law And Governance
or Coastal Zone Management
3
MES 673 Marine Conservation Outreach (or ELECTIVE) 3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory (Can be taken in Fall or Spring)
3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Credit Hours
MES 805 MPS Internship 6
Credit Hours 6
Total Credit Hours 31-32

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

Code Title Credit Hours
MES 606 Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures 3
RSM 620 Climate and Society 3
MES 720 Coastal Law and Policy 3
MES 602 Economics of Natural Resources 3
MES 604 Fieldwork in Coastal Management: Tourism, Conservation, and Development 3
MES 625 Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management 3
MES 626 Submerged Cultural Resource Management 3
MBE 642 Oceans and Human Health 3
RSM 600 Research Diving Techniques 3
MES 662 Spatial Analysis: Intermediate Course in Marine GIS 3
RSM 612 Statistics for Environmental Management 3
MBE 615 Tropical Marine Ecology 3

 

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