Marine Science Departmental Faculty

Marine science remains a dynamic and growing field in FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences. Students and scientists can easily access a great variety of marine habitats ranging from estuarine to coastal to blue water. Mangrove communities abound, as do coastal reefs and the nearby Gulf Stream Current. Tropical and subtropical fauna and flora characterize the region. The proximity to both natural coastline and urbanization provides intriguing opportunities for comparisons of pristine and degraded habitats. FAU and the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) partner to provide students and faculty with an extraordinary combination of facilities, opportunities and locations for training and research in marine science. FAU’s marine biologists are locally, nationally and internationally respected for their research in marine conservation, physiology and behavior, sensory biology of marine vertebrates (particularly sea turtles and fishes) and invertebrates and for coastal ecology and nutrient cycling. HBOI is internationally known for its coastal, ship, and submersible-based research in marine science, biomedical marine research, aquaculture, and ocean engineering.

FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences faculty members view integration of disciplines as a defining characteristic to understanding scientific principles. The department offers a Ph.D. Program in Integrative Biology, Masters degrees and Bachelors degrees.


NameArea of EmphasisInstitution
Baldwin, John D.Population genetics and reproductive biologyFAU College of Science
Brooks, RandyMarine behavioral ecology, symbiology, coral reefsFAU College of Science
Esiobu, NwadiutoEnvironmental microbiology, drug resistance and antimicrobiosisFAU College of Science
Kajiura, StephenFunctional morphology and sensory biology of marine fishFAU College of Science
Koch-Rose, MargueriteMarine botany, nutrient cycling and climate change in tropical marine systemsFAU College of Science
Milton, Sarah L.Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, marine turtle physiologyFAU College of Science
Porter, Marianne E.Biomechanics and functional morphology and physiologyFAU College of Science
Salmon, MichaelAnimal behaviorFAU College of Science
Theisen, Tim C.Movement patterns, population structure and physiology of marine fishFAU College of Science
Wyneken, JeanetteIntegrative biology, comparative and functional morphologyFAU College of Science

Associated Faculty