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Hampton University

  • huLProject Director: Deidre Gibson, Ph.D.
    Phone: (757)727-5588 | Email:

    Department | Faculty | Students 

    Hampton University, founded in 1868 and located near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, has a strong tradition of educating African American students and was one of the first Historically Black Universities to develop a degree program in marine science. The undergraduate B.S. degree builds on knowledge gained in traditional areas with the intent to integrate that information into applied areas of marine and environmental science.  A M.S. degree program in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Studies is available through the Department of Biological Sciences. The HU marine science program conducts research on fisheries, zooplankton, phytoplankton, and hypoxia in the Chesapeake Bay.  Long-term shoreline adjustment, water quality monitoring and essential fish habitat studies are on-going since the severe impact of Hurricane Isabel. 

    HU is home to the DREAMS, COSEE-Coastal Trends, COSIA, COSIEN, Hall Bonner, ASLO Multicultural Program, and the Multicultural-students At Sea Together (MAST) programs.  All of these leveraged programs promote the participation of minority students in the marine sciences and have allowed HU students to be well prepared for graduate school and the workplace.  Hampton University has been the most substantial contributor to encouraging diversity in the Ocean Sciences through its novel mentoring program with the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.  Started in 1990 by HU professor Dr. Ben Cuker, the ASLO Multicultural Program, has mentored over 704 students from underrepresented groups, many of whom are now scientists, managers, and policy makers in NOAA and academia. 


    Mailing Address: 
    Marine and Environmental Science Department
    3 Shore Rd
    Hampton University
    Hampton VA, 23668
    Phone: (757) 728-6184
         Fax: (757) 727-5740

  • NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Lead Institution)
    (410) 651-7870
    Award numbers: FY 2016 Award #NA16SEC4810007 
    Funding Agency: NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI)
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