Oceanography On the Chopping Block

Word from Tallahassee is that oceanography may be out at FSU!

Florida State administrators this afternoon released a draft of proposed wide-sweeping cutbacks at the university, based on current reductions in state revenue. If enacted, they would dramatically alter the university as we know it. Twenty-one degree programs at FSU would be eliminated, including anthropology, German, oceanography, physical education and hospitality and golf management.

What?  This is not Billy Boy Foothills College with an oceanography program with 5 students.  This is bloody f’in  Florida State University Oceanography Program! Now granted I don’t know the specifics of what is being cut, but the oceanography program only possesses Masters and Ph.d. programs.  The program includes two very prominent deep-sea biologists, Amy Baco-Taylor and David Thistle.  David’s work is required reading for anybody interested in deep-sea biodiversity.  Amy is an up and comer with an already impressive list of publications and no doubt many more on the horizon.  Not to mention there is Allan Clark who wrote the book on El Nino, literally (“An Introduction to the Dynamics of El Nino & the Southern Oscillation“). I could go through the list but let me finish by saying that you would be hard pressed to find a month without a publication from this group in the most prominent journals.

So where does this leave us?  Honestly, it is too depressing to consider.  Even more depressing is that Science Education, Geological Sciences, and Geography are going to be potentially cut as well.

Dr. M (1606 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





5 comments on “Oceanography On the Chopping Block
  1. Pingback: Oceanography On the Chopping Block | Master Programs Education | Programs: Education

  2. Holy sh, I mean…come on!!! That’s worse than whats happening here at UCONN where there were 25% cuts across the board. Only one or two new grad students next year. But the program isn’t going away! Ouch!

  3. What happened to the record industry and is happening to the newspaper industry will eventually catch up to education as well. While these cuts are related to the overall economic condition, I expect we will see many disruptions to traditional academia in the coming years that are precipitated by technology and distributed networks. How we learn and who we learn from is changing.

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