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UNH Graduate Student on icebreaker in the Arctic

The School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE) is the University of New Hampshire’s first interdisciplinary school, designed to address today’s highly complex ocean and coastal challenges through integrated graduate education, research and engagement. As such, it serves as an interdisciplinary nexus for marine science and ocean engineering teaching and research across the University.


  • Helen standing by the shore with row of houses in background.
    Studied horseshoe crab behavior and distribution
    Helen Cheng researched American horseshoe crabs at SMSOE then worked at Sea Grant as a Knauss Fellow and coastal resilience specialist. She's currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Northeastern University in Marine and Environmental…
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  • Angela Hampson '17 '20G
    Engineer gives back to program that inspired her
    Angela Hampson, who completed an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and graduate degree in ocean engineering, mentors with STEM outreach program she attended as a teen.
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  • CCOM tests ASV
    NOAA taps UNH as one of five institutions tasked with exploring U.S. ocean territory
    UNH is one of five internationally renowned ocean science institutions chosen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) over the next five years to explore an estimated three billion acres of U.S. ocean territory as part of the new
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  • Endeavor research  vessel
    “The consortium offers the opportunity for an already dynamic community of East Coast marine scientists to work more closely together,” says Larry Mayer, professor and director of the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at UNH.
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UNH Land Acknowledgement

As we all journey on the trail of life, we wish to acknowledge the spiritual and physical connection the Pennacook, Abenaki, and Wabanaki Peoples have maintained to N’dakinna (homeland) and the aki (land), nebi (water), olakwika (flora), and awaasak (fauna) which the University of New Hampshire community is honored to steward today. We also acknowledge the hardships they continue to endure after the loss of unceded homelands and champion the university’s responsibility to foster relationships and opportunities that strengthen the well-being of the Indigenous People who carry forward the traditions of their ancestors.