Matthew Oliver

University of Delaware

Matt oversees the Ocean Exploration, Remote Sensing and Biogeography Laboratory (ORB) at the University of Delaware. He is also one of the inaugural members of the Robotic Discovery Laboratories, which opened in August 2014.

Matt started at the University of Delaware in January 2008 after a Post-Doc at Rutgers University. Matt is interested in ocean observing, ocean biogeography, polar ecosystems, coastal ecosystems, remote sensing, phytoplankton, bioluminescence and evolution. Matt was inspired to be a scientist at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos, CA. He started his college career at Cerritos College in Norwalk CA, and finished his B.S. and M.S. in Biology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Matt went on to a Ph.D. at Rutgers University in Oceanography.

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Project Leader

Oceans in the News part of Oceans in the News
Interpreting scientific data is one of the most challenging skills students face today. Students are overloaded with information from various media sources, and often lack both the technical skills to analyze data and the ability to recognize the overarching story the data support. The Oceans in the News course uses polar science examples to address these technical and narrative challenges. Students will develop proficiency in data visualization and its application to the analysis of news stories about polar regions.

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Course Modules (7)

Module 5 Human Dimensions in the Poles part of Oceans in the News:Oceans in the News – Polar Ocean Science, Data, and the Media
This unit covers the concept of bioaccumulation of contaminants in a food web, all the way up to humans. Students learn about what constitutes a contaminant, how contaminants can accumulate in an organism and move ...

Activities (2)

Overcoming programming challenges in Geosciences part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2020:Program:Teaching Demonstrations
One consequence of living in a highly connected world is that students are bombarded with geoscience information claiming to be scientifically factual. One major challenge for students trying to determine the ...

Overcoming Narrative Challenges in Geosciences part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2020:Program:Teaching Demonstrations
One consequence of living in a highly connected world is that students are bombarded with geoscience information claiming to support or encourage particular attitudes or dispositions toward the natural world. These ...

Course (1)

Oceans in the News – Polar Ocean Science, Data, and the Media part of Oceans in the News:Oceans in the News – Polar Ocean Science, Data, and the Media
Interpreting scientific data is one of the most challenging skills students face today. Students are overloaded with information from various media sources, and often lack both the technical skills to analyze data ...