Located in Norfolk, Virginia, Old Dominion University (www.odu.edu) is a state supported, research intensive institution enrolling more than 24,000 students, of which 6,000 are graduate students. Norfolk is a culturally rich, historic city and a major international maritime center in a metropolitan area of over 1.5 million people. Norfolk is one of the seven cities comprising Hampton Roads, located on the Chesapeake Bay, one of the world’s largest estuarine systems. It is a center of research development in marine science, ship design and construction, and other areas of advanced technology. The OEAS Department is nationally ranked and currently includes 23 full-time faculty, 5 research faculty, and 13 staff members. The Department has graduate and undergraduate programs of high quality, granting a Ph.D. degree in Oceanography and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Ocean and Earth Sciences. The Department receives substantial state support and is well funded by extensive peer-reviewed grants from federal agencies. An endowment of approximately $16 million provides additional support for programs within the Department. The Department of OEAS includes two research centers, the Center for Quantitative Fisheries Ecology and the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, and maintains a 55-foot research vessel, the R/V Slover. More information on the Department can be found at http://sci.odu.edu/oceanography.