Earth and Ocean Sciences

Earth and Ocean Sciences
Geography and Geology
Geography and Geology
Geography and Geology
Geography and Geology
Geography and Geology
Geography and Geology

Welcome to Fall 2020

The Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS) Community COVID-19 Precautions

Fall 2020 will be a new experience for the students, staff, and faculty of the EOS community. This change is not of our choice, but the reality that the COVID 19 pandemic has created means we must adapt and take precautions to provide for the safety and health of each individual and for our EOS community as a whole.

As a result, all members of the EOS community (students, staff, and faculty) are expected to adhere to the following precautions in order to protect our own health and the health of the community at large:

o Complete a daily health assessment and if you feel sick, have a fever, or any other COVID-19 symptoms do not come to class. Contact your instructor about make up work.

o Students who experience COVID-19 symptoms should immediately contact the Abron Student Health Center at 910-962-0587. Students who are outside of our area should contact a local health care provider first and notify the Student Health Center at or 910-962-0587.

o Wear a mask at all time while on campus. Not only does this protect you but also serves as an example for the rest of the EOS community, creating a mask-wearing norm.

o Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from all other people on campus. Be a model for behavior by waiting patiently where appropriate and by being politely vocal about how to best maintain an appropriate distance with others in the moment.

o Wash hands with soap frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds each time throughout the day.

o Follow signs in buildings directing pedestrian traffic through entrances and exits, and up and down stairs.

o Do not congregate in the hallways outside of room entrance or exits in between classes. If possible, please wait outside of the building for students to exit their classes before entering.

o If handlings materials during a class, please follow instructor guidelines for sanitation before, during, and after use.

o Obey all signs denoting seats or computers that are not to be used. Many times, other students may be remotely accessing the computer and use of the computer can cause loss of their valuable work.

o Preference is given to virtual meetings unless circumstances warrant a face-to-face meeting.

o If you need to speak to one of the administrative assistants in the EOS front office, please send an email to Sarah Woods ( to set up an appointment. Drop-in appointments will not be permitted this semester.

As you can see, the Fall 2020 semester will be very different from Fall 2019. However, we will still strive to make the student experience in our EOS programs the best that it can be. Your cooperation in this process is crucial and is greatly appreciated as it helps us meet our goal of a significant learning experience that protects the health and safety of our EOS community.


Doug Gamble
Chair and Professor
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences


Statement from the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences Faculty

The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences is deeply saddened and angered by the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, and by the continued racial injustice present in our society. We say unequivocally that Black Lives Matter.  We condemn racism and racist acts in all of their forms, along with all other forms of prejudice.

Our department stands with our community, state, and country in mourning these recent losses and past killings and injuries (physical or otherwise) resulting from acts of systemic, institutionalized, or individual racism, police brutality, and other forms of injustice. We remember and acknowledge Wilmington’s history with regard to the 1898 coup d’etat that led to the murder of many Black community members and also the wrongful conviction of the Wilmington 10 in 1971. We are once again reminded of the cumulative trauma and fear that Black, Indigenous, People of Color experience and we commit ourselves to confronting all racist and other harmful ideologies, sentiments, and actions on and off campus.

We recognize that racial justice and environmental justice are inextricably linked and that we play an important role in educating ourselves and our students on fundamental science and the overlapping histories of earth and ocean sciences, exploration, and exploitation. We recommit ourselves to remedying injustice here in Wilmington and in our broader scientific communities, we welcome all individuals to our classrooms, and we join in the calls for justice around the state, nation and worldwide. We are actively working on determining what actions we can take as a department.

Statement from the EOS Chair

The preceding statement, written collaboratively by our faculty, represents who we are and what we believe in, the cornerstone to our Department culture. I fully support this faculty statement. To us, this statement represents an affirmation of the Seahawk Respect Compact, in that we will continue to actively foster, encourage, and promote inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance, and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff and the broader community.

We collectively affirm that this moment is more than just an opportunity to make a statement. The Department is committed to taking action to create a more inclusive environment for our students, alumni, staff, and faculty. We are beginning the process of developing a plan to see that the call for action and momentum of this summer is used to build permanent processes and capabilities through which we can enhance diversity, inclusion, and equity in our core educational mission. We recognize that these efforts cannot be developed or completed without input and involvement of students. We will be developing specific mechanism for student input this summer, and as summer ends these mechanisms will be available for students to provide input. In the meantime, as this work is completed, if you as a student would like to share ideas on how to enhance diversity, inclusion, and equity in our Department, please share your thoughts directly with me or an EOS faculty member.


Welcome & Greetings from the Chair

Students in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences are involved in research projects across the globe. Whether field mapping Masonboro Island’s shoreline, interpreting the geologic record of New Mexico or investigating submarine volcanoes in the Pacific, students gain hands-on experience in their field. Home to UNCW’s geography, geology and oceanography programs, the department offers a student-centric education that emphasizes applied learning and technology and strives to provide all students with opportunities to participate in research through internships, independent study, honors theses and experiential learning courses. We prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation or advanced studies for teaching, research and technical careers. 

If you are interested in our Department or have any other questions, please feel free to contact me

Doug Gamble
Professor and Chair

We offer the following degrees:

In addition, many faculty participate in either the Master of Arts (M.A.) in liberal studies or the Master of Science (M.S.) in marine science

Contact Us 

DeLoach HallDepartment of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
DeLoach Hall
Department Office - DL 102 
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-3490
Fax: 910 962-7077

The Department is located in DeLoach Hall -- find us on this interactive campus map.