Matthew John Oliver

School of Marine Science & Policy

Phone: (302) 645-4079


Office: 104 Cannon Marine Studies Lab

Journalists: Andrea Boyle Tippett (UD Media Relations) can assist with interview requests for this expert. 302-831-1421,
  • Research interest include ocean observing, ocean biogeography, polar ecosystems, coastal ecosystems, remote sensing, phytoplankton, bioluminescence and evolution.
  • Focuses on biological oceanography and biogeography, working to pinpoint where ocean organisms live, their populations and factors that influence their distributions.
  • Oliver utilizes remote sensing tools in his work, including satellite imaging. He tracks, among other factors, the impact of climate change on sea temperatures and ocean processes.
  • Is an inaugural member of UD's Robotic Discovery Laboratories, established in 2014. Oversees the Ocean Exploration, Remote Sensing and Biogeogrpahy Laboratory at the University of Delaware.

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Associate Professor, School of Marine Science and Policy

In The News:
Teachers CONVERGE at Rutgers with research team (Asbury Park Press)
UD expands ocean research (The News Journal)

Satellites help to detect raw sewage runoff from Hurricane Sandy (TreeHugger)
Underwater robots track sharks off U.S. in a first (
Underwater robots gather ocean data during hurricane season (News Journal)

UDaily Articles:
Oliver named Robertson Professor of Marine Science and Policy
Antarctic penguins focus of first installment in 2015 Ocean Currents Lecture Series
Tracking penguins and rescuing robots all in a day's work for UD researchers
Diving in freezing waters to understand what happens at bottom of Arctic Ocean
UD study connects penguin chick weights to local weather conditions
Researchers developing fishing forecast to help watermen avoid vulnerable species
CEOE oceanographers recover underwater robot lost at sea
Oceanographer Oliver to speak at National Academy of Sciences symposium

atmosphere, climate, ocean, robotics, sharks, penguins, sturgeon