An oceanographic approach to fates and effects is a natural as both transformation and transport involve. Transportation-reaction equations are second nature to oceanographers.
Environmental Oceanography is taught by focusing on case studies, math, and critical analysis. Marine environmental issues are discovered in analytical exercises.
Information on sustainability is mission critical as these pressing concerns could have immediate and long-term impacts. The issues are overfishing, top of the food chain predators being killed for their fins, ocean acidification, dying coral reefs, dead zones, garbage pollution and mercury pollution which goes directly into the fish we eat.
Marine environments have suffered diverse modes of degradation. Degradation includes pollution with xenobiotic compounds, accelerated input of dissolved plant nutrients and physical modifications ranging from construction of dams to repeated plowing of the seabed with fishing trawls.
Environmental Oceanography is an engaging and exciting endeavor that is rewarding and revitalizing. It allows you to think critically about the relevant environmental issues facing the oceans today.
Alex Potoczak of Ohio is an experienced graduate level laboratory researcher with an emphasis on umbilical cord stem cell research. He has worked at Case Western University and University Hospitals of Cleveland under the supervision of Dr. Mary Laughlin and Dr. Nick Greco. Alex played baseball at Hamilton College where he is enrolled currently and is majoring in Economics and will soon be minoring in Biology. He is an extremely creative thinker with a high intelligence with SAT II scores at 790 in Biology and Math 2. He also received PSAT National Merit accolades. Alex has unique hobbies and interests, such as Oceanography and how it relates to alternative energy, the legal system, technology, sports, and politics.