In an emerging world of complex environmental challenges, the Department of Marine Affairs at URI conducts research on, teaches about, and develops integrated forward-looking approaches to planning, policy, and governance related to coastal and marine systems. We integrate many disciplines to better understand and enhance the sustainability of both the built and natural environments. We study management approaches that incorporate human uses and marine science into public policy associated with coupled human and natural systems in the coastal and marine environment.
The Department of Marine Affairs offers undergraduate through PhD-level programs to students from around the world and with a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. As part of the Ocean State’s principal research and Sea Grant University, the Department of Marine Affairs offers tomorrow’s coastal and ocean leaders the opportunity to collaborate and learn from today’s leading experts in marine science, policy, and management.[Learn more]