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Climate Change Meets College

Over the past century global sea levels have continued to rise at increasing rates. In 2014 it was discovered to have been 2.6 inches above the average in 1993, and to date rates continuing to rise as a result of a number of catalysts. Two major causes of the global sea level rise are thermal expansion caused by the oceans warming, and increased melting of land-based ice such as ice sheets and glaciers. The United States Environmental Protection Agency reported that on average sea levels rose at a rate of 0.06 inches per year from 1880 to 2013. However, since 1993, the average sea level has risen at a rate nearly twice as fast at roughly 0.12 to 0.14 inches annually.


As studies and technology continue to evolve, specialists in marine and oceanic studies are exploring potential solutions.


Research Beyond Reading

As climate changes become a more common subject, colleges and universities have been seeing an increase in the number of students declaring majors in environmental and marine sciences. In the 2019 school year Marine Science was the 304th most popular major with 261 degrees awarded in the United States. These numbers marked a 12.6% increase over the previous year's 228 degrees.


During your studies you can anticipate research experience. This experience will be incredibly valuable not only in your academic career but in your professional career long after graduation. For these reasons we strongly encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to participate in research activities. You will encounter classes that require research credits for your degree, and while in the beginning it may be a somewhat intimidating process, research experience is also necessary and highly beneficial.


Marine Science Research Opportunities

Students seeking research opportunities can contact their professors or other school personnel to inquire about current postings and the requirements. You can also check other online resources, but should be mindful to stick to reputable names. Some websites you can visit are:

  1. MarineCareers.net

  2. PathwaysToScience.org

  3. WomenInOceanScience.com

Take care to pay close attention to the eligibility and application requirements for each opportunity, as well as the dates the program will run to ensure you are able to complete its attendance.


As you continue your education, be sure to take advantage of opportunities for financial aid. If you haven't yet, submit your application for the Jean-Pierre Ayala Scholarship. We look forward to supporting the academic endeavors of the future leaders of tomorrow.


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