College of Science and Mathematics

Designed to address emerging human and economic needs, faculty in the College of Science and Mathematics specialize in three areas of research and instructional programs at the graduate and undergraduate level:

  • molecular sciences
  • computational sciences
  • environmental sciences.

With the debut of the new School for the Environment, the college brings together its specific expertise in

  • coastal environmental sciences
  • conservation biology
  • green chemistry
  • environmental informatics
  • molecular environmental sciences

which inform much of the scientific understanding in the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security.

Moreover, the School for the Environment 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 school'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.

Affiliation to CIOCS: The College of Science and Mathematics administratively co-hosts the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security. Additionally, Dean Andrew Grosovsky serves as a member of the steering committee, and Robyn Hannigan, director of the School for the Environment, serves as an executive committee member. Scientists from the College of Science and Mathematics provide the majority of the scientific knowledge for Collaborative Institute projects.

Representatives to CIOCS:

Steering Committee:


  • 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 Frankić, Coastal Ecosystem Management, including Aquaculture, Marine-protected Areas, and Tourism
  • 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, specializing in the Geography of Human Services and People with Disabilities
  • Curtis Olsen, Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • William Robinson, Environmental Toxicology; Aquatic Toxicology; Invertebrate Zoology; Malacology
  • David Terkla, Environmental Economics
  • Juanita Urban-Rich, Zooplankton Ecology
  • Meng Zhou, Physical Oceanography; Zooplankton Ecology

For a full faculty listing by department, please visit the College of Science and Mathematics website.


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