The Department of Ecology at CCS encompasses three interconnected disciplines that undertake research into a variety of investigational areas including mid-water habitat studies, fin and shell fisheries, aquaculture, zoo and phytoplankton biology, toxic algae monitoring, sea grass ecology and restoration, marine nutrient chemistry, pharmaceutical pollution, oceanography, and large whale biology, distribution, and behavior. The department has a comprehensive mission aimed at developing an understanding of the relationship between the physical and biological components of the marine system and human activities in coastal and near-shore environments.
Department of Population Biology
The Department of Population Biology focuses on questions of population structure, dynamics and the factors that affect viability.Â CCS is known for its long-term studies of North Atlantic humpback and right whales, as well as research on a range of other cetacean species and seals.Â Collaborative work draws upon a wide range of tools and fields, including mark-recapture statistics, molecular genetics, genomics, microbiology, endocrinology, toxicology and ethology.Â Â The impacts of human activities on marine mammal populations are a particular focus of research.Â Although CCS activities take place predominantly in the North Atlantic, work is also done in other oceans to improve understanding of these cryptic, wide ranging species.Â The department also undertakes capacity building for research and conservation through training programs and collaboration.
Department of Marine Geology
CCS studies the geological processes that occur along or near the coast, from estuaries and lagoons to the inner continental shelf. This research focuses on topics such as coastal sediment transport, tidal inlet evolution, ocean waves and tidal currents, shoreline change, seafloor mapping, as well as storm impacts to beach, dune and shallow water ecosystems.