|PI Name||Position||Funded Project||Sponsor|
|Vaudrey, Jamie M||Assistant Professor||UConn Department of Marine Sciences Technical Support Services in Support of the Designation of a CT NERR||DOC/NOAA/Oceanic and Atmospheric Research/CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection|
|Whitney, Michael||Associate Professor||Collaborative Research: Mixing of river water into the coastal ocean and the role and structure of the outer edge of the discharge||NSF/GEO/Directorate for Geosciences|
|Baumann, Zofia A||Assistant Professor||Methylmercury and Total Mercury in Antarctic Seawater, Snow and Penguin Tissues||Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM)/Citizens’ Institute for Environmental Studies (CIES)|
|Cabaniss, Joseph T||Marine Operations Manager||Charter of R/V Connecticut by WHOI for ESP Deployment and Recovery||DOC/NOAA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution|
|Lombardo, Kelly||Assistant Professor||CAREER: The Response of Coastal Squall Line Dynamics to Climate Change||NSF/GEO/Directorate for Geosciences|
|Baumann, Hannes||Assistant Professor||Assessing Processes that Drive Fisheries Productivity on New England Sand Shoals||DOC/NOAA/National Ocean Service/DOC/NOAA/Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary|
|O’Donnell, James||Professor||The Development of the Connecticut Connections Coastal Resilience Plan||HUD/Department of Housing and Urban Development/CT Department of Housing|
|Randolph, Kaylan L||Assistant Research Scientist||A Measurement-Based Characterization of the Hyperspectral Reflectance of Breaking Waves, Subsurface Turbulent Kinetic Energy Dissipation Rates, and Air Entrainment as a Function of Physical Forcing||NASA Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry|
|Cabaniss, Joseph T||Marine Operations Manager||Charter of R/V Connecticut by NOAA to Recover and Deploy Acoustics Recording Units||DOC/NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service|
|Cabaniss, Joseph T||Marine Operations Manager||Charter of R/V Connecticut by Skidmore College for Equipment Testing||NASA/National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Skidmore College|
|Matassa, Catherine M||Assistant Professor||Identifying the Drivers of Marsh Loss in the Westport River||Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA)|
|Siedlecki, Samantha A||Assistant Professor||Enhancement of an Existing Ocean Forecast System to Include Ocean Acidification||DOC/NOAA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/University of Washington|
|Siedlecki, Samantha A||Assistant Professor||Downscaled Seasonal Forecasts for Living Marine Resource Management off the US West Coast||DOC/NOAA/Oceanic and Atmospheric Research/University of Washington|
|O’Donnell, James||Professor||Municipal Resilience Planning Assistance Project||HUD/Department of Housing and Urban Development/CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection|
|Cabaniss, Joseph T||Marine Operations Manager||Charter of R/V Connecticut by WHOI for Mooring Recovery Deployment||NSF/GEO/Directorate for Geosciences/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution|
|Baumann, Hannes||Assistant Professor||Larval Connectivity and Habitat Modeling of Sand Lance on Stellwagen Bank and Nantucket Shoals||DOC/NOAA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution|
|Lund, David C||Associate Professor||Anomalous submarine volcanism during glacial terminations: Exploring archives from the Global mid-ocean ridge system||NSF/National Science Foundation|
|Baumann, Zofia A||Assistant Professor||Mercury Bioaccumulation in Southeastern Bering Sea||DOC/NOAA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/North Pacific Research Board|
|Bucklin, Ann||Professor||Ocean Twilight Zone Project: Biodiversity Theme||TED Conferences/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution|
|Cabaniss, Joseph T||Marine Operations Manager||Charter of R/V Connecticut for WHOI Glider Support||NSF/National Science Foundation/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution|
|Siedlecki, Samantha A||Assistant Professor||Experiments with Seasonal Forecasts of ocean conditions in the Pacific Northwest to aid the crab fishery||DOC/NOAA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/University of Washington|
|Ward, J E||Professor||NSF-IOS-BSF: Mediation of Biological Filtration in Marine Suspension Feeders: Significance of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors||NSF/National Science Foundation|
|Dam Guerrero, Hans G||Professor||ECHOHAB 2017: Are Growth and Toxicity of the Dinoflagellate Alexandrium Controlled by Grazer-Induced Defense?||DOC/NOAA/National Ocean Service|
|Cifuentes-Lorenzen, Alejandro||Postdoctoral Fellow||Collaborative Research: An Investigation of Energy Exchange Across the Air-Sea Interface in the Presence of Surface Gravity Waters through Measurement of Dissipation, Production, and Transport of TKE||NSF/GEO/Directorate for Geosciences|
The Department of Marine Sciences (DMS) is home to a diverse interdisciplinary faculty, staff and students. It is one of the most successfully funded departments at UConn with a rich history of international collaborations and oceanographic research. This article is the first in a series of articles discussing how the department was formed and the accomplishments that shaped DMS as we know it. The story of the department begins in 1957 when UConn first established a formal marine science effort with the formation of the Marine Research Laboratory in Noank under the Directorship of John S. Rankin.
The Marine Research Laboratory replaced a lobster hatchery on the Mystic River and was largely a summer program until 1960, when resident UConn staff and students moved in and the program became more year ‘round. From the beginning, State agencies like the Connecticut Board of Fish and Game and the U.S. Geological Survey program worked in the laboratory alongside faculty and staff. In 1967, the University established the Marine Sciences Institute (MSI) based on the Avery Point campus. Dr. Peter Dehlinger, a geophysicist, was hired as the first Director of the Institute in 1968. MSI was appealing to young scientists in the 70s and showed promise to become a renowned oceanographic research center. There were many resources available including the R/V UCONN, small boat access, specialized staff and developing laboratories which provided support for an expanding range of relevant marine research. Drs. W. Frank Bohlen and William F. Fitzgerald, two of our valued and active emeritus faculty, were among those young scientists. They started at MSI as assistant professors in the Geology Department in 1969 and 1970, respectively, after obtaining their doctorates through the MIT-Woods Hole Joint Program in Oceanography. Dr. Fitzgerald established one of the first clean laboratories in the nation, making it possible to study trace metal biogeochemistry (e.g. mercury) without external contamination. Other research at the time included finfish and lobster surveys, benthic and water column ecological work, geophysical studies, physical/chemical oceanographic and sediment transport investigations.
While the institute structure was valuable for graduate student and faculty research, the faculty at MSI were separate from the departments to which they were appointed. This situation created problems because the faculty at MSI were often not conducting research that directly supported the associated department’s focus. To allow the oceanographic research program to grow further, the director at the time, Dr. Sung Feng, along with MSI faculty and graduate students convinced the administration to establish the Department of Marine Sciences in 1979. The Department of Marine Sciences was founded with the graduate program housed at Avery Point and some research laboratories remaining at the Noank facility. In the years to come faculty and staff would develop DMS into a top-tier program with a wide range of interdisciplinary research, particularly focused on coastal waters.
Special thanks to Drs. W. Frank Bohlen and William F. Fitzgerald for sharing their memories and contributing to this article.