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Department ofOcean & Earth Sciences

The Department of Ocean & Earth Sciences acquires and disseminates knowledge of the earth system, including the relationships among the biological, chemical, geological and physical components of our planet. It is critical that we understand both natural and human-induced processes that change this system so we are prepared to meet present and future challenges. With curiosity, creativity, scholarship, and respect as cornerstones of our philosophy, we strive to increase scientific knowledge and literacy through excellence in research, education, and service to the Commonwealth of Virginia and society in general.

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ODU’s OES Ocean Bowl Makes Huge Splash

ODU’s Ocean & Earth Sciences Ocean Bowl Makes Huge Splash

The first ever Ocean Bowl hosted by Old Dominion University’s department of Ocean & Earth Sciences was held on Saturday, February 25 at the Virginia Beach higher education center campus. Some of the best and brightest minds from across the Commonwealth of Virginia assembled for a head-to-head competition all about marine science. Eight teams of high school students battled it out on the field of scientific competition to see which one would emerge as the winner of the one and only Ocean Bowl. (More)

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