The Department of Marine Sciences (DMS) is the first graduate department of the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. The Department's curriculum is characterized for its diversity and flexibility to encompass our students’ interests. The DMS conducts and publishes research in a broad range of subjects within the fields of Biological, Chemical, Geological and Physical Oceanography.
The vision of the Department of Marine Sciences is to increase knowledge of the marine environment by means of scientific research, and transmitting this knowledge to the larger academic community. The Department of Marine Sciences strives to provide leadership and serve as a model department for graduate education on the Mayagüez Campus and to contribute to social and economic development of Puerto Rico through the conservation and rational uses of the marine environment.
The Mayagüez Campus mission is directing its efforts towards providing society with educated, cultured, critical thinking, and professionally trained individuals in the fields of agriculture, engineering, natural and social sciences, humanities and management enterprises, to contribute to the cultural, social and economic Puerto Rico.
CariCOOS is the observing arm of the Caribbean Regional Association for Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing (CaRA). This effort, funded by the NOAA IOOS office, is one of eleven coastal observing systems and regional associations which along with federal agencies constitute the national coastal component of the US Integrated Ocean Observing System. CaiCOOS brings together coastal ocean data and forecasts from a variety of sources including satellites, ocean instruments and numerical models to give the user an integrated view of past, present and forecasted ocean conditions in the US Caribbean region. Data are provided online by a number of organizations including NOAA, NASA, ONR Universities and others to whom credit is given. Data and graphics, other than NOAA National Weather Service products, are presented as experimental products. CaRA assumes no responsibility for the validity of the data for planning or executing marine activities.
The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez- Sea Grant College Program is an educational program dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of coastal and marine resources in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean region. Their mission is twofold: (1) to fund scientific research in the thematic areas of conservation and the use of coastal and marine resources; (2) to offer marine extension services by making use of our experience and by applying the scientific knowledge that is generated through our research to the problems and issues that our community of users face everyday.
The Caribbean Coral Reef Institute (CCRI) is a cooperative program between the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Institute sponsor's scientific research and monitoring programs that address short and long-term management-driven priorities for the understanding and managing of the coral reef ecosystem of the US Caribbean. These activities address the major threats to coral reefs within an ecosystem context, including human socio-economic dimensions, and enhance our understanding of the biological and physical processes that structure coral reefs and impact the health of the ecosystem. Through its sponsored programs and partnerships, CCRI aims to build research and management capacity in order to fully utilize the scientific expertise of the region in promoting both sustainable ecosystems and the services they provide.
Beyond the general mission of the national Surfrider Foundation, the Rincón chapter has developed specific focal areas due to its unique status within the national network. As an integral partner in the creation of the Reserva Marina Tres Palmas the chapter continues to promote and protect the RMTP and encourage the creation of other co-managed Marine Protected Areas in PR. The experience gained from the RMTP effort has allowed the chapter to become well versed in all aspects of coastal management, and especially in coral reef ecology and protection.
The chapter actively promotes ‘citizen science’ thru several long term programs (such as water quality monitoring and research, and marine debris removal) and encourages community involvement in science-based research by UPR and other educational, non-profit, or governmental agencies in the local area.
In broader terms the chapter also supports and encourages grassroots organizing in the community, and actively partners with new groups forming to promote responsible participation in water sports, environmental issues, and cultural activities that preserve and protect valuable cultural or social resources in Rincón and the surrounding area.
Our Ph.D. candidates Evan Touhy and Chelsea Harms-Touhy started Isla Mar Research Expeditions, a company that lead and coordinate field courses in Puerto Rico. As Ph.D. candidates at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez they have the experience necessary to train and assist those in the field of marine science with research and field techniques. Their education and scientific experience are exceptional and we invite you to support this local business that brings great service to the puertorican marine science community.