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Students on boat Life Cycle

There are several active research programs run by the department.

Dr. Benjamin Cuker (Professor) studies the depletion of oxygen in the Chesapeake Bay. He also studies the interaction between suspended sediments and nutrients in controlling community structure, general limnology, estuarine ecology, benthic ecology, and evolutionary ecology of aquatic communities. He also runs the ASLOMP and Hall-Bonner programs that provide specal opportunities for students (see below). His work is currently supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Cuker is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservatinon.

Dr. George Burbanck (Associate Professor and Chair) has research specialty in estuarine invertebrate ecology, animal-sediment relations, assessment placer heavy-mineral resources, and pollution ecology.

Dr. Gibson (Assistant Chair) studies gelatinous zooplankton, a unique taxon of the zooplankton community responsible for rapid colonization of neritic environments. She conducts research on the various life stages of the doliolids and salps to enhance our knowledge on how this zooplankton functions in the marine environment. She collaborates with other scientists to investigate the affects of the anoxic environments on gelatinous zooplankton and their role in the vertical flux of carbon from the surface to the deep ocean. Dr. Gibson also runs the LMRCSC, and DREAMS programs supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and NOAA.

Dr. Andrij Horodysky (Assistant Research Professor) studies various aspects of fish biology, physiology, and ecology. His current research includes studies of fish sensory systems, the use of satellite tags to understand the postrelease survival and habitat use of coastal and pelagic fishes, and the thermal ecophysiology of fisheries resources. His work is supported by grants from NOAA.

  • LMRCSC (Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center) (pdf) (website) is a collaborative program between NOAA and partner institutions including the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (lead), Hampton University, Delware State University, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, Savannah State University, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. The Center seeks to train a diverse body of students for careers in NOAA and other resource management agencies, and to conduct cutting edge research in fisheries sciences.
  • Hall-Bonner Program for Minority Doctoral Scholars in the Ocean Sciences.
  • DREAMS (Diversity in Research in Environmental And Marine Science) (pdf) (website)
  • ASLO (HU ASLO Program)
    (American Society of Limnology and Oceanography)
    brings minority students from across the nation to their annual meeting.
  • COSEE-MA (Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence-Mid-Atlantic)

Along with the research opportunities in marine and environmental science, Hampton University also has additional opportunities aimed at providing under-represented minorities the opportunity the excel in the marine and environmental science community or industry.

Both the DREAMS Program and ASLO Multicultural Program are intended to provide extensive experience and opportunities to minority undergraduate and graduate students in aquatic science disciplines.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Benjamin Cuker | Department of Marine Science | Hampton University