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Marine Science at the University of Chicago

An overview of researchers affiliated with the University of Chicago who are studying marine systems and organisms.

Despite its distance from the ocean, the University of Chicago has a surprisingly large community of affiliated researchers who study marine ecosystems and the organisms they contain, both in modern and historical times.  Research themes range widely and include the interplay of atmosphere and ocean on elemental cycles and climatic changes, diversity and function of marine microbes, patterns of extinction and speciation in the fossil record, the biomechanics of marine organisms, the distribution of marine organisms and their evolutionary relationships, and the ecology and functioning of marine ecosystems.  University of Chicago researchers have ties to marine research sites throughout the world, including Tatoosh Island and Friday Harbor Laboratories (Washington), the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama), and the National Science Foundation's deep-sea submersible fleet.  The Shedd Aquarium, the Brookfield Zoo, and the Field Museum of Natural History also provide helpful local resources for marine research.




Marine Science at the University of Chicago has now been further strengthened by the new affiliation between the U of C and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole!  The affiliation provides new ties to scientists in fields ranging from cell biology and neuroscience to ecosystems ecology, enhanced access to Northeastern coastal environments and Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites, and advanced facilities for laboratory studies of marine organisms and sub-organismal biology.  We look forward to new research collaborations and education initiatives in the near future!


The marine science community at the University of Chicago includes the following:




Argonne National Laboratory

Committee on Evolutionary Biology

Department of Ecology and Evolution

Department of Geophysical Sciences

Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy

The Field Museum of Natural History

The Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole

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