Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences
The Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences Department (EEOS) is UMass Boston’s premier interdisciplinary environmental department. EEOS integrates the natural and social sciences to generate and apply new knowledge about the quality of our environment and the sustainable use of its resources. It focuses on promoting integrated science, planning, policy, and education for understanding earth-system processes and managing complex interactions between human activities (e.g., urbanization) and natural processes (e.g., carbon cycling) in linked watershed and coastal marine systems. The department's strong transdisciplinary makeup (natural and social sciences within the same department) and its focus on linked watershed-coastal systems are unique in the country.
Department facilities include the Environmental Analytical Laboratory, Applied Geographical Information Science (GIS) Center, the Center for Coastal Environmental Sensor Networks (CESN), Green Boston Harbor Project, and the Laboratory of Theoretical, Computational and Observational Oceanography. In addition, the Department houses specialized laboratories for earth, ocean and environmental sciences, including state-of-the-art facilities for isotope counting, radiogenic and stable isotope analysis, organic geochemical analysis, elemental analysis, trave element analysis, radio isotope sample preparation, noble gas extraction and analysis, forensic environmental analysis, hydrogeology, coastal geology, environmental toxicology, benthic ecology and zooplankton analysis, as well as inshore/near shore research vessels.
Affiliation to CIOCS: EEOS, together with departments across the campus and in collaboration with research institutes such as Urban Harbors Institute, Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security, and Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, EEOS energizes and facilitates the university's vision for national preeminence in environmental research and academic programs.
Representatives to CIOCS:
- Robert Bowen, Environmental Policy and Management
- Bob Chen, Organic Geochemistry and Marine Organic Chemistry
- Ellen Douglas, Hydrology, Hydromorphology and Water Resource Management
- John Duff, Natural Resources Law and Policy
- Anamarija Frankic, Coastal Ecosystem Management- aquaculture, marine protected areas, and ecotourism
- Eugene Gallagher, Benthic Ecology; Polychaete Biology; Succession; Serology; Predator-Prey Relationships
- Allen Gontz, Coastal Geology and Stratigraphy; Shallow Marine Geophysics
- Robyn Hannigan, Geochemistry, Medical Geology, Bioinorganic Chemistry
- Deborah Metzel, Social Geography
- Curtis Olsen, Environmental Biogeochemistry
- William Robinson, Environmental Toxicology; Aquatic Toxicology; Invertebrate Zoology; Malacology
- David Tenenbaum, Geographic Information Science, Hydrology
- David Terkla, Environmental Economics
- Yong Tian, Geographic Information Science, Remote Sensing
- Juanita Urban-Rich, Zooplankton Ecology
- Meng Zhou, Physical Oceanography, Zooplankton Ecology