Oscar Schofield


Full Name

Oscar Schofield


Professor in Oceanography


College Educator/Faculty


Rutgers University

Affiliation Type


Professional Bio

I am a Professor of Biological Oceanography. I conduct research in the ocean spanning from the offshore waters off New Jersey to the Arctic and Antarctic. To do this I run a large lab in partnership with Scott Glenn Josh Kohut Robert Chant and Janice McDonnell. This requires me to write alot of grants. I publish my research in the literature. My teaching is for undergraduate graduate and post-doctoral researchers. I am interested in trying to make science exciting for the next generation of scientists and engineers as this is critical to our nation and the world. Given research is thinking and exploration I have the best job in the world. For that I feel blessed. I don’t have a job I have a hobby. There is never a day I don’t feel that as I go to work in the morning that it is important and good for the world. As I go home I feel overstimulated thinking about what needs to be done the next day and amazed at what has happened. What a great way to live!

Personal Interests

My Research Interests

My interests are in understanding how the physics and chemistry regulates the biology in the world’s oceans. The oceans have been changing in my lifetime and this will greatly impact human societies; therefore it is critical to understand the oceans today so we might have a better understanding of where the ocean might be going in the future. I am focused on this because as a father of three kids I am concerned in the world they will live in. To accomplish these goals it is critical to develop new technologies that allow any scientist to explore the oceans 24:7 365 days a year. This will be a key for understanding the role of the oceans in climate change.

My Teaching Interests

I believe science is the coolest and a very exciting way to spend ones life. It requires creativity passion and discipline. It requires team work best done with friends. My hope is that the oceans provide a great way to demonstrate that pursuing science at any level is liberating and awesome. I love to show the complexities in the nature. I love to show how new technologies are critical to better understanding life on this planet.

My Hobbies

I love to hang out with my family which generally finds me chasing and being continually CHALLENGED by my three kids Sammy Allegra and Toby. My wife and I love to cook together. I can’t wait to get to work and hang out with my buddies around the world and explore the oceans (yes i am a loser). I love to read (history and trashy horror books) and really like sports (baseball football and basketball).

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