Exploration Science Highlighted in RSMAS Soundings Fall 2013 Newsletter

The RSMAS newsletter, Soundings, highlights the new Exploration Science program as the cover story in the Fall 2013 issue…

Up-and-coming explorers can now satisfy their thirst for expedition-driven scientific inquiry and field-based communication with the University of Miami’s (UM’s) new Master of Professional Science in Exploration Science. A joint program of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the program offers the scientific and practical skills needed to successfully explore the planet, from nosebleed heights to unimaginable depths.

The program can be completed in 12 to 18 months, with significant components done in the field, and a three to six month internship that rounds out the curriculum. Innovative core courses include: Gold to Glory: History and Ethics in Exploration; Citizen and Participatory Science, Exploration Technology and Media; and Research Diving. These classes are combined with electives that are tailored to the student’s interests, which may range from marine policy to broadcast journalism to tropical ecology and meteorology, and beyond.

“In creating the curriculum we worked with prominent explorers to design a dynamic program that will allow our students to learn the latest techniques and stretch beyond existing limits.” said Dr. Kenny Broad, director of the Abess Center and the 2011 National Geographic Explorer of the Year.” ┬áIt was also important to include coursework that focused on sensitivity to the ethical and cultural dimensions of working in different parts of our globe.”

As scientific endeavors become increasingly specialized, projects require people with advanced degrees who have research and media experience. This program is of value for scientists wishing to further their field skills, communication specialists who want to participate in remote field campaigns, and anyone who wants to be involved in wider, growing efforts in experiential education.

“Our new specialized curriculum combines the risk assessment, decision making, scientific knowledge and hands-on training,” said Roni Avissar, dean of UM’s Rosenstiel School. “The goal is to propel the next generation of scientific explorers into the marketplace with the most up-to-date tools and experience that will make their efforts a great success.”

All MPS programs at UM are accredited through the National Council of Graduate Schools-Professional Science Masters. For more information,vista www.exploration.miami.edu.