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The Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University explores the world to investigate the defining questions of the oceans’ future, present, and past. The interdisciplinary work being done by the researchers in the department is more relevant and crucial than ever before. The faculty in the Department of Oceanography are making global strides in their research areas, participating in active research programs around the world.

The Department of Oceanography has access to state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities. Four affiliated centers enhance the research opportunities and access to equipment and seagoing expeditions: the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG), the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), Texas Sea Grant, and the Radiogenic Isotope Geosciences Facility (RIGF).

Researchers in the Department of Oceanography study the biologychemistrygeology, and physics of the ocean, and solve interdisciplinary challenges of societal importance.

The Department of Oceanography places a strong emphasis on graduate and undergraduate research, giving students continuous opportunities to work side-by-side with faculty. Whether on a research vessel in the Pacific Ocean studying hydrothermal vents or in an Oceanography laboratory in College Station, Texas, students at Texas A&M are immersed in high-impact and hands-on research experiences.

Faculty Research and Projects

Geomicrobiology Lab                                                 Geochemistry and Paleoceanography

Texas A&M Oceanographers Served on 30-Day Pacific Expedition, Featured on BBC Blue Planet Live

Dr. Jason B. Sylvan is serving as chief scientist for the NSF-funded research cruise studying East Pacific Rise hydrothermal vent ecosystems, with three Texas A&M Aggies also aboard. Read More About Dr. Sylvan's Research Cruise