Department of Marine Science
The Department offers a BSc
programme with two options, namely "Marine Biology and Fisheries" and
"Physical and Chemical Oceanography". An MSc programme specializing in Marine
Biology, Chemical Oceanography and Physical Oceanography and a PhD programme in Marine
Science are offered to graduate in marine science or other basic sciences.
The Department has facilities for
plankton culture, benthos, physio-ecology and marine biology studies as well as clean room
facilities for trace chemical analyses. Two marine stations, at Ang Sila and Sichang
Island, provide additional field training.
The scope of research activities can
be categorized into 5 areas:
Oceanography: Physical, chemical,
biological and geological aspects are carried out mainly in the estuarine and coastal
areas as well as in the open sea. Remote sensing and mathematical modelling are also used.
Marine Environmental Quality: Case
studies of marine pollution in Thailand and their impacts have been emphasized together
with monitoring of the marine environment.
Aquaculture: Of major concern is the
cultivation of economically important species. Environmental impacts on aquaculture,
predators, parasites, genetics, physiology and diseases of cultured species are included.
Mangrove Ecology: Various aspects of
the mangrove ecosystem, including biogeochemical processes, are studied. These research
projects provide some guidelines for a mangrove ecosystem management.
Coral Reef and Seagrass Ecology:
Interest coves species composition, distribution and the inter- and intra- specific
relationships in coral reef and seagrass communities. Environmental impacts are also
Biodiversity of Marine Organism:
Studies of taxonomic variation, distribution, biology and ecology of marine flora and
fauna with emphasis on both economically important and ecologically sigificant groups of
organism such as phytoplankton, zooplankton, marine invertebrates, fishes and marine
Harmful Algae: Areas of interest
include the identification and cultivation of harmful species, causes and effects of
phytoplankton bloom, bloom dynamics and toxin producing species.
Integrated Coastal Management:
Problems encountered in the coastal areas both on land and in the sea could be solved or
mitigated through integrated coastal management. Development of coastal areas could be
sustained by integration approaches with careful environmental impact assessment. Remote
sensing techniqueis also one of the very important tools to be used in problem analysis
and setting up management plan. Conservation of coastal ecosystems would help in coastal
fisheries production as well as assisting in sustainable development programmes.
Fisheries Biology and Fisheries
Management: Biological studies of various economically important species are essential for
stock management as well as for future proper aquaculture programmes. Genetics studies and
biotechnological approaches would lead to successful aquaculture programmes. Deep sea
fishing is also important for future expansion of Thai fisheries in the near future.
scope of research activities.
2. Marine Environmental
4. Mangrove Ecology
5. Coral Reef and Seagass Ecology
6. Harmful Algal Bloom
7. Genetics of thiamine Organisms
8. River Inputs to the Sea and
Mussel Watch Proiects
1. ASEAN-Australia Marine Science
Project s Living Coast Resources.
2. Marine Biotechnology Unit
$ Graduate Programrne.
$ Employment opportunities and further study.