Marine Affairs Ph.D. Program
Since 1969 the Department of Marine Affairs has offered masters level degree programs (M.A. and M.M.A.) and has attracted students from all over the United States and some 40 countries. As of September, 1998 the Department of Marine Affairs also has offered a program of study leading to the award of a Ph.D. degree. As is the case with the masters level graduate programs, the focus of the Ph.D. program is on coastal/ocean management, policy, and law and will concentrate on the following areas, which are not mutually exclusive:
marine ecosystem management
maritime transportation and ports
national and international ocean policy
marine human ecology
The Department of Marine Affairs is an interdisciplinary department, with a faculty educated in the fields of geography, political science, law, anthropology, environmental planning, and oceanography. It further draws upon the expertise of associated departments and programs such as the Departments of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Natural Resource Sciences, Political Science, Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Veterinary Science and Community Planning as well as the Graduate School of Oceanography.
The Ph.D. program in Marine Affairs is designed to serve the needs of individuals who will be working in government, research institutes, consulting, and academia.
The University of Rhode Island
The University of Rhode Island has a wide breadth of graduate marine programs, making available a wide variety of courses in different disciplines which could become part of a student’s program of study. This is a substantial source of strength for students in Marine Affairs and provides for a number of unique educational opportunities.
Ph.D. Program Requirements
- Students must complete the following required courses or their equivalents (18 credits):
- MAF 482 – Quantitative Methods in Marine Affairs
- MAF 502 – Research Methods in Marine Affairs
- MAF 511 – Marine Science and Ocean Uses
- MAF 577 – International Ocean Law
- MAF 651 – Marine Affairs Seminar
- REN 514 – Economics of Marine Resources
Requirements for Admission to the Ph.D. Program
Applicants for the Ph.D. program are expected to have in hand a masters degree. Students applying to the Ph.D. program will be evaluated using the following considerations:
- Past academic performance as demonstrated through academic transcripts
- Graduate record examination scores
- Letters of recommendation
- Writing samples, including master’s thesis or major research paper, and articles
- Statement of purpose
- Personal interview
Marine Affairs Faculty
Richard Burroughs, Professor, Marine Affairs, Ph.D., Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Research Areas: Marine environmental policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.
Tracey Morin Dalton, Assistant Professor, Marine Affairs, Ph.D., Department Environmental, Coastal, and Ocean Sciences, University of Massachusetts (Boston)
Research Areas: Designation and management of marine protected areas, economic impacts of marine and coastal policies, public participation in resource management, human dimensions of marine and coastal resource management.
Timothy Hennessey, Professor, Political Science and Marine Affairs, Ph.D., Political Science, University of North CarolinaResearch Areas: The role of science in marine policy, adaptive management of estuarine ecosystems, fishery management policy, program evaluation of natural resource and coastal management systems
Lawrence Juda, Professor, Marine Affairs, Ph.D., Political Science/International Relations, Columbia University Research Areas:International and national ocean law, policy, and institutions; ocean use governance and management; U.S. ocean policy and organization; international fishery law and management.
Seth Macinko, Assistant Professor, Marine Affairs, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California (Berkeley) Research Areas: Fisheries management, property rights, culture and resources, fishing communities
Bruce Marti, Professor, Marine Affairs, Ph.D., Geography, University of Florida Research Areas: Economic geography, transportation geography, maritime transport and port planning and development.
Dennis Nixon, Professor, Marine Affairs, J.D., University of Cincinnati Law School Research Areas: Admiralty law, with particular reference to research and fishing vessels, fisheries law and management, coastal zone law, marine pollution law, marine insurance
Richard Pollnac, Professor of Anthropology and Marine Affairs, Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Missouri Research Areas:Human adaptation to the marine environment.
Robert Thompson, Associate Professor of Marine Affairs, J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California (Berkeley); Ph.D., Planning, University of California (Berkeley) Research Areas: Planning and natural systems, environmental impact assessment, coastal planning, natural hazards, property law, GIS, computer models, and visual simulation in planning, global climate change and coastal communities.
Several assistantships are available for support of Ph.D. candidates during the anticipated two year period while students are completing course work. Note that the department begins reviewing applications for the PhD program and associated requests for financial assistance on February 1 of each year.
Prof. Seth Macinko,
Department of Marine Affairs
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881