Oceans Hold the Key

Polar bears along the shore of Hudson Bay

Photograph by Yeqiao Wang

Our oceans hold the key to understanding the world’s most critical problems. Climate change, rising sea level, ocean acidification, and possible species extinctions are among the most important challenges of our time.

With your support, our faculty and graduate students are seeking solutions and making lasting contributions to oceanographic research.

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Our donors help us educate world-renowned marine scientists, explore the depths of the oceans, inform the public on ocean issues, and apply state-of-the-art science to better predict hurricanes, build resiliency in coastal communities in response to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, develop fisheries and area management plans, and support national security.

Become a member of the Friends of Oceanography. Click the button below to make your secure gift online to RhodyNow: Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO).

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Thank you for supporting the Graduate School of Oceanography!

Campus Renewal

The Narragansett Bay Campus is entering a time of renewal. In the coming decade, facilities will be added, replaced and enhanced. You can accelerate this process by designating your gift to campus renewal. Support from individuals for these projects will be a vital part of all funding.

The Impact of Your Support

GSO is the Ocean State’s center for marine studies, cutting-edge research, global outreach, and is a source of pride for Rhode Islanders and University of Rhode Island alumni and friends alike. Our distinguished reputation is built upon more than half a century of research, education, and outreach. Your contribution will enable us to provide for:

  • Student fellowships
  • Specialized research equipment
  • Campus improvements
  • Social and educational programs
  • Visiting speakers
  • Institutional advancement activities
  • Funds for the Dean to deploy for projects of opportunity
  • Publications associated with research and other activities taking place at GSO


For further information about Friends of Oceanography, planned giving, or to discuss other giving opportunities, contact:             

William Koconis
Sr. Director, Academic Initiatives
(401) 874-5682