The Center for Marine and Environmental Studies houses faculty, staff, and researchers that study a diversity of topics related to marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Academic programs supported by the MacLean Marine Science Center include Undergraduate programs in Biology and Marine Biology, and a Graduate program in Marine and Environmental Science, as well as community outreach education. For more information on academic programs, see the UVI Catalog.
Bachelor in Marine Biology:
UVI offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees in Marine Biology, preparing students for postgraduate and professional careers with an emphasis on student participation in scientific research. Emerging Caribbean Scientist Programs offer scholarships, research experiences, mentoring, and supplemental instruction to St. Thomas and St. Croix students participating in UVI STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and psychology courses.
Master of Marine and Environmental Science:
The MMES program is an advanced degree program designed to prepare professionals for careers in marine and environmental science and natural resource management. A unifying theme of the program is to understand tropical ecosystems by studying land-sea relationships, and applying this understanding to environmental management. There are two tracks of study in the MMES program: a science based track for those students who wish to focus on research, and a management based track for those students who wish to focus on resource management issues. The program draws upon the expertise of faculty within several units of UVI, in particular the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies and the Division of Science and Mathematics. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit the MMES website or contact the MMES Graduate Program Coordinator at 340-693-1427 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UVI Masters in Marine and Environmental Science students in the 2015 cohort examined the invasive species of sea grass (Halophila stipulacea). Here is a short video describing their project.
SCUBA diving is used in education and research at UVI which has been recently certified by American Association of Underwater Scientists (AAUS). Students can earn PADI certifications in Open Water Diving and Research diving by enrolling in MSC 111 (Scientific Diving) and MSC 211 (Research diving). Many undergraduate and graduate courses include opportunities for students who are certified divers to do independent research and environmental assessments on SCUBA. Visiting researchers who are approved to dive at UVI can pay for SCUBA airfills and boat use. For more information on diving, contact Mr. Steve Prosterman , (Dive Safety Officer), at email@example.com or (340) 693-1399.
Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802