Study of the oceans can take many forms: chemical, biological, physical. Oceanography research at U-M investigates properties of oceans, past and present. Researchers study internal wave formation, model ancient tidal waves and paleo-ocean circulation patterns, reconstruct temperature, salinity, and water chemistry in ancient oceans, and relate changes in ocean sediments to past climate shifts.

Faculty Specialities Associated Laboratories and Research Groups
Brian Arbic Physical oceanography, numerical modeling, satellite oceanography, oceanography capacity development in Africa. Arbic Group
Joel Blum Isotope Geochemistry, Geochemistry of heavy metals, mercury in the environment, geoarcheology, forest biogeochemistry.  
Julie Cole Coral reefs, caves, drought, El Nino, Common Era, Holocene. Julia Cole's Climate Lab
Ingrid Hendy Sedimentology, micropaleontology, paleoceanography, glaciology.  
Sierra Petersen Past greenhouse climates, mass extinctions, stable and clumped isotope paleothermometry, fossil mollusks, sclerochronology. Lab Website
Chris Poulsen Climate dynamics, paleoclimatology, earth system modeling, climate change, climate variability, climate-ecosystem interactions, water isotopes, ecohydrology, climate-mountain interactions, paleoaltimetry. Climate Change Research Group