Marine Mammal Science Degree Track

Marine Mammal Science Marine Mammal Science
Master of Professional Science

Advances in the care and conservation of marine mammals have progressed dramatically over the last decade with the development of a greater understanding of marine mammal biology, behavior, and physiology, as well as improved diagnostic and assessment tools and techniques. Students in this degree track will be part of one of the select programs in the nation designed to prepare them for employment in marine mammal management (including associated ecosystems), population assessments, acoustics, and care. Coursework will integrate topics such as marine mammal medicine and pathology, medical diagnostics and laboratory analysis, population assessment and management, state and federal regulations, applied ocean acoustics, research, education, and applied behavior analysis. Students will have the opportunity to interact with medical, training, and research experts in our community, as well as conduct an internship at one of many marine mammal rehab, managed care, or research facilities. As part of the practical training incorporated into the Marine Mammal Science curriculum, most students will participate in mark-recapture surveys, public education, wild health assessments, behavior analysis and modification studies, clinical care and diagnostics, necropsies, and regional and national conferences.

Marine Mammal Science (MMS)

Students in this program will prepare for employment in marine mammal management (including associated ecosystems), population assessments, acoustics, and care. Please see our departmental website for more information about this program.

Program Requirements

Dr. Jill Richardson

Marine Mammal Science Track

(305) 421-4340
Jill Richardson began working as a scientist in the marine environment over 13 years ago in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where she assessed the sustainability of local lobster harvesting. This is where her passion for other cultures and the development of resource management programs began. Her marine science adventures culminated in a Bachelor...

Dr. Maria C. Cartolano

Marine Mammal Science Track

(305) 284-6212
Maria Cartolano is a Lecturer of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She serves as the co-track coordinator for students in the Marine Mammal Science (MMS) track of the Masters of Professional Science (MPS) program. Her research interests include physiology, behavior, and toxicology and she is passionate about teaching and community outreach...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Credit Hours
MBE 710 Advanced Marine Mammal Biology 3
RSM 612 or MES 624 Statistics for Environmental Management or Statistics & Data Analysis for Environmental Science & Policy 3
MES 670 Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals 3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
Credit Hours 12
Spring Credit Hours
MBE 605 Marine Mammal Disease and Medicine 3
MES 645
or 646
Marine Population Assessment Surveys And Analysis
or Marine Population Biology Processes And Modeling
OCE 651 Applied Ocean Acoustics and Marine Mammals (Applied Marine Mammal Acoustics) 3
RSM 667 MOCC Boating Course 2
Credit Hours 11
Summer Credit Hours
MBE 632 Marine Mammal Research Techniques (or ELECTIVE) 3
MBE 805 MPS Internship 4
Credit Hours 7
Total Credit Hours  30

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
MBE 716 Bayesian Statistics For Marine Scientists 3
MES 720 Coastal Law and Policy 3
MES 620 Environmental Law 3
MBE 678 Evolutionary Genetics 3
POL 631 Global Environment Politics 3
MES 710 International Ocean Law And Governance 3
MES 616 Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis 3
RSM 710 The Physical Environment of Marine Organisms 3
MES 601 Political Ecology of Marine Management 3
MBE 607 Marine Mammal Applied Behavior Analysis and Managed Care (Spring Enrollment Encouraged) 3


For more details, visit the UM Bulletin