Nearly half of the world’s population lives within 200 km of the coastline and depends on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. The future of coastal and marine ecosystem resilience will ultimately rest in the long-term maintenance of ecologically viable space and natural resource provisioning to human populations.

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The School of Ocean Futures is addressing this need by developing new master’s and doctoral degrees. We anticipate having more information about the programs in early Spring 2024 and if approved, our first cohort of students will start in the 2024-2025 academic year.

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The programs will be designed to grow the next generation of scientists, resource managers, community leaders, policymakers, innovators, researchers and educators. These are the people who will advance ocean science, and who will lead transformational changes in ocean societal perspectives and practices related to our coastal and marine systems.

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