Mark Abbott

Executive Dean, Division of Earth Systems Science

Dean, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Mark R. Abbott is dean and professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He received his B.S. in conservation of natural resources from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974 and his Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, in 1978. He has been at OSU since 1988 and has been dean of the college since 2001.

Dr. Abbott's research focuses on the interaction of biological and physical processes in the upper ocean and relies on both remote sensing and field observations. Dr. Abbott is a pioneer in the use of satellite ocean color data to study coupled physical/biological processes. He has also advised the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation on ocean information infrastructure.

Dr. Abbott is serving a six-year term on the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation and provides scientific advice to the White House and to Congress. He is vice chair of the Oregon Global Warming Commission, which is leading the state’s efforts in mitigation and adaptation strategies in response to climate change.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership as well as the Board of Trustees for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and is President-Elect of The Oceanography Society.


College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences

OSU's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) is internationally recognized as a leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system. The college's research productivity, the national and international reputations of the faculty, and success in obtaining external funding allow CEOAS to make significant contributions to global Earth science knowledge.

CEOAS operates numerous state-of-the art laboratories and two oceanographic research vessels, the 177-foot ocean-going Oceanus and the Elakha, a 54-foot coastal research vessel. The college has an annual budget of more than $50 million, with much of the research support coming from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal agencies. It has approximately 104 faculty, 220 graduate students and 613 undergraduate students.

Graduate programs include a Master's degree in Marine Resource Management, and Master's and PhD degrees in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Geology; and Geography. These degree programs prepare students for research, teaching, management, and policy positions in academic, governmental, and private sector organizations. The new undergraduate program in Earth Sciences, together with the Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program, provide educational and research opportunities for the best undergraduate students, a national honors college for the Earth.