Welcome to the Corning School of Ocean Studies at MMA!

The Corning School was established in 1990 and has grown considerably since then. We are a group of faculty and students with a shared interest in the science of the ocean.

Ocean Studies students major in either Marine Biology or Marine Science, with the option to pursue a dual degree in Small Vessel Operations (a 5-year program). Students explore their individual interests through unmatched access to tools for scientific research in the marine environment, including boats, SCUBA certification and equipment, and laboratory and field equipment and instruments — all while situated on beautiful Penobscot Bay.

The Corning School of Ocean Studies has skilled and devoted faculty with a broad range of expertise. As a student in this department, you will benefit from their diverse academic and professional backgrounds, passion, and research fields. A shared interest in the science of the ocean has led them around the world and they enthusiastically share their interests through hands-on opportunities aboard MMA’s vessels, in labs, and in the classroom.

  • Professor Jessica Muhlin awarded a $130,000 MEI grant for surveying seaweed

    Professor Jessie Muhlin is the Principal Investigator on a successful Maine Economic Improvement Fund – Small Campus Initiative proposal.  Read More…

  • Professor Sarah O’Malley publishes in Wild Seed magazine

    Prof. O’Malley is known within the Ocean Studies department to be a local naturalist extraordinaire, and Wild Seed magazine is noticing too. Read More…

  • Professor Ann Cleveland presents research at NARST conference

    Professor Ann Cleveland recently presented her research at the NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching) conference virtually. Read More…


Maine Maritime Academy
The Corning School of Ocean Studies
Jessica Muhlin, Chair
Castine, ME 04420

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