The College of Marine Science offers an interdisciplinary concentration in Marine Resource Assessment (MRA) as part of its M.S. and Ph.D. programs. This concentration provides training in the emerging field of ecosystem-based management. Its mission is to train a new generation of scientists that can effectively address issues concerning the sustainability of the world's living natural resources. At the College of Marine Science, the MRA concentration addresses the national shortage of graduates possessing the skills required for managing living marine resources by requiring a quantitative approach to ecosystem analysis and living resource assessment.
Students with concentrations in MRA will be expected to engage in thesis or dissertation topics that deal directly with interactions between living resources and anthropogenic- or climate-driven factors, including subjects such as bio-physical interactions, changing predator-prey relationships, over fishing, and identification of essential linkages that determine habitat quality. It is expected that students who select the MRA concentration will interact strongly with one or more of the state and federal resource-management agencies that are located near the College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg, including the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office, and the Florida Integrated Science Center of the US Geological Survey. These agencies represent a collective wealth of knowledge, expertise, and practical experience and will serve as vital assets to the new concentration and its students.
The concentration in MRA is designed to produce resource assessment scientists who can introduce relevant ecosystem-level variables into the traditional, single-species assessment process, complementing and enhancing the development of the science-based management policies that protect living marine resources. The MRA curriculum will prepare students for employment in academia, the environmental consulting industry, and government. In the US, government employment opportunities exist in six National Marine Fisheries Service Science Centers, on five regional Fishery Management Councils, on two interstate Marine Fisheries Commissions, and at a large number of state marine fisheries management agencies.
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Please visit the following links for information about our Marine Resource Assessment research and for instructions on how to apply to our Master's or PhD program.
* All CMS Faculty listed (under Biological, Chemical, Geological, and Physical Oceanography) may serve as major professors for the concentration in Marine Resource Assessment.