Marine Mammal Science Degree Track

Marine Mammal Science Marine Mammal Science
Master of Professional Science

Advances in the care and conservation of marine mammals have progressed dramatically over the last decade with the development of a greater understanding of marine mammal biology, behavior, and physiology, as well as improved diagnostic and assessment tools and techniques. Students in this degree track will be part of one of the select programs in the nation designed to prepare them for employment in marine mammal management (including associated ecosystems), population assessments, acoustics, and care. Coursework will integrate topics such as marine mammal medicine and pathology, medical diagnostics and laboratory analysis, population assessment and management, state and federal regulations, applied ocean acoustics, research, education, and applied behavior analysis. Students will have the opportunity to interact with medical, training, and research experts in our community, as well as conduct an internship at one of many marine mammal rehab, managed care, or research facilities. As part of the practical training incorporated into the Marine Mammal Science curriculum, most students will participate in mark-recapture surveys, public education, wild health assessments, behavior analysis and modification studies, clinical care and diagnostics, necropsies, and regional and national conferences.

Marine Mammal Science (MMS)

Students in this program will prepare for employment in marine mammal management (including associated ecosystems), population assessments, acoustics, and care. Please see our departmental website for more information about this program.

Program Requirements

Dr. Jill Richardson

Marine Mammal Science Track

(305) 421-4340
Jill Richardson began working as a scientist in the marine environment over 13 years ago in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where she assessed the sustainability of local lobster harvesting. This is where her passion for other cultures and the development of resource management programs began. Her marine science adventures culminated in a Bachelor...

Dr. Maria C. Cartolano

Marine Mammal Science Track

(305) 284-6212
Maria Cartolano is a Lecturer of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. She serves as the co-track coordinator for students in the Marine Mammal Science (MMS) track of the Masters of Professional Science (MPS) program. Her research interests include physiology, behavior, and toxicology and she is passionate about teaching and community outreach...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Course Title Credit Hours
MBE 604 Biology of Marine Mammals 3
RSM 612 or EVR 624

Statistics for Marine Scientists or Statistics and Data Analysis for Environmental Science and Policy

EVR 670 Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals 3
EVR 660
& EVR 661

Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory

Credit Hours 12
Spring Course Title Credit Hours
MBE 605 Marine Mammal Disease and Medicine 3
MBE 746
or EVR 645

Marine Population Biology: Processes and Modeling or Marine Population Assesment Surveys and Analysis

OCE 651 Applied Ocean Acoustics and Marine Mammals 3
MBE 607 Marine Mammal Applied Behavior Analysis and Managed Care * 3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Course Title Credit Hours
MBE 632 Marine Mammal Research Techniques * 3
MBE 805 MPS Internship 1 2-6
Credit Hours 6
Total Credit Hours  30

*  or Elective

1  Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Elective Options

Students may request elective courses with the consent of their Academic Advisor. Refer to the course schedules for a list of classes available on the Rosenstiel School campus. The course offerings may vary from semester to semester. For more details, visit the UM Academic Bulletin.