Marine Biology




Natural Sciences

Program Options

Area of Concentration, Joint Concentration, Secondary Field

About the Marine Biology Area of Concentration

An Area of Concentration in Marine Biology allows students to build a strong foundation in basic biological concepts, with an emphasis on marine organisms and ecosystems. This program of study is designed to prepare students for graduate or professional studies in marine biology, biological oceanography, or related fields, as well as for professional careers in marine or environmental fields.

New College is situated on Sarasota Bay and our students have the opportunity to study and conduct research at the Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center, located on our Bayfront Campus. The Center is home to more than 100 aquaria, anchored by a 15,000-gallon research and display tank. Each tank in the Living Ecosystem Teaching and Research Aquarium features different captive ecosystems, including a cold-water rocky shore and Sarasota Bay grass flats. Through a natural filtration system designed by students, the Center draws and recycles water from Sarasota Bay.

Featured Course

Recent courses

  • Biology of Sharks, Skates and Rays
  • Coral Reef Ecology
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Introduction to Oceanography
  • Marine Mammal Biology

Career Pathways

  • Fisheries Management
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Research
  • Marine Law and Policy
  • Environmental Protection and Regulation
  • Marine Geology
  • Marine Chemistry
  • Education

Pritzker Marine-Biology Research Center

New College of Florida is the nation’s only liberal arts college with a marine research center located on its campus.

Contact Us

Natural Sciences Division

Phone Number

Email Address


Heiser Natural Sciences Complex 172C

Marine Biology Faculty

Erika Díaz Almeyda

Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

Dr. Jayne M. Gardiner

Associate Professor of Biology

Sandra Gilchrist

Professor of Biology & Marine Science

Natural Sciences Division Chair

Dr. Athena Rycyk

Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Science

Dr. Gerardo Toro-Farmer

Assistant Professor of Coastal and Marine Science

Alfred Beulig

Emeritus Professor of Biology

Leo Demski

Emeritus Professor of Biology

Founding Director Pritzker Marine Biology Center