The Department of Ocean Sciences (DOS)

The DOS is among the world leaders in cold ocean bioscience

The department is located at the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) in Logy Bay, which is approximately 15 km from the St. John’s campus. The OSC is a major facility for marine research on the Atlantic coast, and is one of Canada’s largest marine laboratories. By virtue of its location, the department provides Canadian and international scientists and students access to the flora and fauna of the northwest Atlantic Ocean and is uniquely situated for shore-based studies of the cold-ocean processes and subarctic, Arctic and deep-sea organisms. A strategic goal of the department is to carry out world-class research that focuses on organisms and processes in the cold ocean and to provide education and training opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Vision Statement                     

Building on Newfoundland and Labrador’s strong cultural, social and economic connections to the ocean and stewardship of its natural resources, the vision of the Department of Ocean Sciences (DOS) is to establish Memorial University as a global leader in cold-ocean and deep-sea research, education and engagement through the principles of inclusion, diversity, sustainability and transdisciplinary scientific innovations. Specifically, the DOS’s goal is to improve our fundamental understanding of the ocean, including oceanographic systems, biological and chemical processes, and marine organisms. Through partnerships with communities, governments and industry, we apply our expertise in ecology, physiology, biogeochemistry, and omics towards the development of sustainable ocean use, particularly aquaculture and fisheries, as well as effective responses to challenges such as climate change, pathogens, and pollution July 15, 2021 OSC Vision Committee


Main Research Areas

  • Aquaculture and fisheries
  • Behavioural and population ecology
  • Biological and chemical oceanography
  • Physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Biogeochemistry


Undergraduate Education

Graduate Education