I had a chance to visit the University of Washington's Oceanography Campus this week. The school is world renowned with 60 faculty, 37 affiliate faculty, mainly drawn from the UW Applied Physics Laboratory and NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, are also active in graduate advising.
They have four areas of specialization (biological, chemical, physical, and marine geology and geophysics) and on a variety of interdisciplinary topics (climate change, extreme environments, and coastal systems). The School is the only leading oceanography program to offer a bachelors degree!
While I was not a student, I can track my academic linage through UW. My graduate advisor, Nick Welschmeyer earned his PhD here in the 1980s. I am sure that some of my laboratory habits are ones learned here in Seattle.