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  • Dr. Nancy White, Executive Director of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute Honored with the ECU Women of Distinction Award

    Dr. Nancy White, the Executive Director of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, was recently recognized by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women at East Carolina University (ECU) with the Women of Distinction Award.  Dr. White, along with nine other women from ECU, was selected to represent the theme for 2017, “Real Women, Real …Read More

  • Sustainable Landscaping

    UNC Coastal Studies Institute supports sustainable landscaping with the use of native plants.  Native plants are more tolerant to the local climate and changing weather conditions.  By reducing the amount of maintenance required such as irrigation and fertilization, planting native plants is a more sustainable option for landscaping.  Native plants promote biodiversity and provide shelter and …Read More

  • Continental Shelf – Deep Ocean Exchange: The Hatteras Story

    By Glen Gawarkiewicz Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution One of the main science goals for PEACH is to understand how waters from the shallow continental shelf intermingle with the waters of the deep ocean.  The Cape Hatteras region is particularly complicated because there is southward flow that comes down from New Jersey and Maryland and northward flow that …Read More

  • PEACH Project Numerical Modeling: Filling in the Gaps

    In addition to data collection from ocean observing instrumentation, numerical modeling is an important tool used by project oceanographers to better understand shelf water exchange into the deep ocean.  Throughout the PEACH research cruise, NCSU Ocean Observing and Modeling group’s (OOMG) Joe Zambon has been providing data to PIs and Chief Scientist Magdalena Andres for cruise planning. Several study sites were pre-determined …Read More

  • An Undergraduate’s Perspective on the PEACH Research Cruise

    By Lauren Ball – Senior, NC State University As an senior at NC State University in Biological Oceanography, I only required one class to graduate in May.  At the beginning of the semester, Dr. Joe Zambon and Dr. Ruoying He brought up an opportunity in our class for undergraduates to participate in two research cruises.  …Read More

  • CTD: The Workhorse of Oceanography

    For an oceanographer, understanding the physical properties of sea water, including salinity and temperature, and depth are parameters that are critical for studying ocean processes.  Luckily, oceanographers have an oceanographic instrument that does that very thing, and it’s called a CTD.  A CTD is an acronym for sensor that measures conductivity (which can be used to …Read More

  • R/V Neil Armstrong: An Oceanographic Research Vessel

    The R/V Neil Armstrong is the newest vessel in the Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) fleet of ocean going research ships.   In 2010 Office of Naval Research chose WHOI to operate of of two new research vessels planned for construction and in September of 2015, the R/V Neil Armstrong was transferred to WHOI operations.  …Read More

  • Argo Floats: Drifting Ocean Observers

    The PEACH science team is deploying four Argo floats during the two week research cruise on the R/V Neil Armstrong.  The Argo floats are part of a world wide network of vertical profiling floats providing upper ocean observations.  Deployments of the first Argo floats began in 2000 with an additional 800 floats added on average …Read More

  • Tracking Shelf Water with Buoys

    Two meteorological buoys complete with oceanographic instrumentation were deployed off the R/V Neil Armstrong on April 19 and 20.  This observing effort is being led by Dr. Harvey Seim and Sara Haines of UNC Chapel Hill. The buoys have a complete meteorological package, including sensors for humidity, temperature, rainfall, barometric pressure, temperature, GPS, wind speed …Read More

  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers: Measuring Currents with Sound

    While mobile oceanographic observing instruments like the Spray glider are good for making measurements over larger areas for extended time periods, scientists on the PEACH project are also deploying observing equipment to make ocean current measurements at fixed locations with high resolution.  Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, or ADCPs for short, are one example of fixed …Read More

  • Coastal Ocean Radar: Land Based Oceanographic Observing Systems

    While the R/V Neil Armstrong is an excellent platform for the deployment of oceanographic observing instrumentation, oceanographers on the PEACH project are also using land based observing systems to learn more about the Gulf Stream and the exchange of shelf water into the deep ocean.   One important type of land based observation system being …Read More

  • Would you like PIES with that?

    Over the course of the research cruise, the science team, led by Magdalena Andres of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will deploy several pressure sensor equipped inverted echo sounders (PIESs).  The small, easily deployed oceanographic instruments sit on the seabed and use a pressure sensor and an acoustic echo sounder to measure the overlying sea surface height …Read More

  • Gliders: Mobile Oceanographic Observing Platforms

    On April 16, the science team on the PEACH project deployed an autonomous underwater glider called a Spray glider in the waters off Ocean City, Maryland. The glider will “fly” a transect south along the continental shelf to offshore of Cape Hatteras and back north again, all the while collecting valuable data on ocean temperature, …Read More

  • Research Project: Processes Driving Exchange at Cape Hatteras

    Project Overview Funded by the National Science Foundation, the “Processes driving Exchange at Cape Hatteras” project also known as PEACH, is a collaborative research project focused on identifying the processes that control the exchange of waters between the shelves along the eastern seaboard of the US (Middle Atlantic Bight and Southern Atlantic Bight) and the open …Read More

  • Science on the Sound Series: “Beachcombing Biology: The Stories Your Beach Finds Tell”

    On March 23, 2017, the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI)hosted a lecture on North Carolina’s beachcombing as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights information on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina. This month, the program will featured Terri Kirby Hathaway, Marine Education Specialist with …Read More

  • Science Club Learns About Marine Technology

    The science club from Currituck High School recently visited the Institute for a program showcasing various applications of marine technology.   As part of the program, students were introduced to the five primary research areas of the UNC Coastal Studies Insitute and how these different programs utilize marine technology to collect data in a dynamic …Read More

  • “Science on the Sound” Lecture on North Carolina’s Changing Coastline Scheduled for February 23, 2017

    The UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) is hosting a lecture on North Carolina’s changing coastline as part of its  “Science on the Sound” lecture series.  This series, held monthly, highlights research on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina.  This month, the program will feature Dr. Reide Corbett, Professor in the department of …Read More

  • Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology Course April 15-16, 2017

    Are you interested in learning more about the world of underwater archaeology? Want to do more with your diving? Join us for a hands-on course in nautical archaeology taught by professional maritime archaeologists.  The UNC Coastal Studies Institute, in partnership with East Carolina University and Roanoke Island Outfitters, is offering a “Introduction to Foreshore and …Read More

  • Science on the Sound Lecture Video: “Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products as Emerging Pollutants in Coastal Waters”

    On January 26, 2017, The UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) hosted a lecture on pharmaceuticals and personal care products in coastal waters as part of the  “Science on the Sound” lecture series.  This series, held monthly, highlights research on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina.  In January 2017, the program featured Drs. Sid …Read More

  • ECU, UNC CSI and Partners Win Award for Costa Rica Field Project

    At the January 2017 Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) conference, Dr. Lynn Harris (Maritime Studies/East Carolina University), Dr. Nathan Richards (Maritime Studies/ECU & UNC-Coastal Studies Institute), and Dr. Maria Suarez Toro (Centro De Buceo Embajadores y Embajadoras del Mar) were awarded second place in the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee’s “Diversity Field School Awards” for …Read More

  • Video Archive of OBXFS Capstone Research Presentation

    The Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS) is a collaborative program between the UNC Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute.  The program is an undergraduate semester-long program focused on coastal environmental decision making. The curriculum offers coursework and real-world experiences in several disciplines, including environmental economics, coastal ecology, coastal law …Read More

  • Outer Banks Field Sites Students Present Capstone Research Project on December 15, 2016

    The students and faculty of the 2016 UNC-Chapel Hill Outer Banks Field Site, hosted by the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, invite you to attend their annual presentation of Capstone research. Eleven UNC-Chapel Hill students have been studying and conducting research at the Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS) since August of 2016.  The students will present …Read More

  • Science on the Sound Lecture on Oyster Reef Research Archive Video

    On December 12, 2016, The UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) hosted a lecture on oyster reef function research as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights research on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina. This month, the program featured Dr. Michael Piehler, UNC CSI Estuarine …Read More

  • Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Andy Keeler, Public Policy & Coastal Sustainability Program Head

    Story By Victoria Morian, OBXFS Field Site Student. Dr. Andrew Keeler, the program head for Public Policy and Coastal Sustainability, sees the role of economics at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute as one of many valuable approaches to research being done at the center. “If you want to understand people’s motivations, almost everybody is motivated …Read More

  • Researchers Deploy and Recover Oceanographic Equipment

    Scientists and technicians from the UNC Coastal Studies Institute recently deployed and recovered two oceanographic instruments offshore of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  The two pieces of equipment include a device used to measure currents along the edge of the Gulf Stream, and buoy, used to measure waves.  Both of these instruments are part of the …Read More

  • Maritime Heritage Report Released – Boats of Currituck: An Analysis of Six Watercraft from the Whalehead Preservation Trust Collection

    In the fall of 2013 and the summer of 2014, graduate students from East Carolina University’s Program in Maritime Students, in collaboration with the UNC-Coastal Studies Institute, carried out a project recording six watercraft from a collection of historical small watercraft collected and maintained by the Whalehead Preservation Trust in Currituck County, North Carolina. This …Read More

  • UNC CSI Scientists Publish Paper on New Approach to Mapping Continental Shelves

    Continental shelves make up only about 8% of the total area covered by the world’s oceans, yet they are some of the most environmentally and economically important regions on Earth. Much of the world’s seafood, and a significant fraction of the world’s energy resources such as oil and gas are found here. National and international …Read More

  • Aerial Images Provide Lofty Look at Lost Vessel

    Researchers from the UNC Coastal Studies Institute returned to Rodanthe to collect additional data pertaining to the shoreline and a shipwreck located within the research area.  The Rodanthe project, initiated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC DOT), is a collaborative study comprised of UNC CSI geologists, ecologists, and archaeologists who, through the lense …Read More

  • Black Bears, Red Wolves, and Coyotes: Predators of the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula

    Each year the Coastal Studies Institute hosts students from UNC’s Institute for the Environment program to participate in the Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS).  In addition to classes and field work held at CSI and in the surrounding region, students are required to complete a capstone research project that pertains to current issues of the …Read More

  • UNC CSI to Host Open House on Saturday, November 19, 2016

    Join us from 1-4pm on Saturday, November 19 for an open house at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute!  Tour the campus and facilities, learn about current research and education programs and interact with UNC CSI faculty and staff.  This event is FREE and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. The UNC Coastal Studies …Read More

  • Design Students Look at Landfill as Opportunity

    Graduate students from NC State’s Department of Landscape and Architecture visited UNC CSI’s facilities recently as part of a course focused on recovering landscapes. The students, under the direction of Jennifer Walker and Andrew Fox, professors at NC State University College of Design, as well as UNC CSI’s Sustainable Design Specialist, Robert McClendon, traveled by …Read More

  • Post-Matthew Beach Monitoring

    Children of today will likely tell their kids about the flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew in eastern North Carolina.  While much of this water rise was induced by excessive rainfall and thus affected areas beyond the shoreline, there were also widespread ocean impacts along the NC coast, including damage from storm surge and shoreline erosion.  …Read More

  • In Search of Sargassum and Sea Turtles

    Researchers from the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) and National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center (NMFS SEFSC) NOAA Laboratory in Beaufort, NC embarked on a one-day cruise to the Gulf Stream offshore of Cape Hatteras, NC as part of a project to better understand the ecology of the Gulf Stream. Sargassum is …Read More

  • Estuarine Shorelines Mapped in Advance of Hurricane Matthew

    The Coastal Processes program at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) has been mapping estuarine shorelines as part of an ongoing research project to better understand our coastline and the processes that shape it, including the effects of storm events.  While many areas along the North Carolina coast are experiencing erosion, one area of …Read More

  • Wizard Training for Sonar Secrets at CSI

    It is Halloween season, and there’s no better time to learn the spells and secrets of wizards.  On October 3rd and 4th, curious scientists and students gathered at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute to become competent users of SonarWiz, a sophisticated and sneaky software for collecting and processing marine geophysical data.  Under the cover of …Read More

  • UNC CSI Hosts Teacher Workshop

    The UNC Coastal Studies Institute, in partnership with the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research and East Carolina University, recently hosted a teacher workshop at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute campus in Wanchese, NC.  22 teachers from all over the state of North Carolina took part in a day-long workshop entitled, “Ocean Currents and Shifting Sands: Exploring …Read More

  • ECU and UNC CSI Partner with Costa Rican Organization for Collaborative Archaeological Project

    Maritime Archaeologists from East Carolina University (ECU) and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) recently returned from a two week field school in Costa Rica.   The field work, centered around two potentially 18th century shipwrecks, was performed in partnership with, and under the permit of, Centro Comunitario de Buceo Embajadores y Embajadoras del …Read More

  • New Paper Released on the Potential Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Lichen Biodiversity in the Mid-Atlantic Region

    A new paper was recently released on the potential impacts of sea level rise (SLR) on lichen biodiversity.  This paper, written by Jessica Allen and James Lendemer, botanists with the New York Botanical Garden, gives particular attention to the impacts of SLR on the Mid-Atlantic region and has identified northeastern North Carolina as a hot …Read More

  • Great Weather for Beach Monitoring

    UNC CSI Coastal Processes team members were fortunate to have nice, relatively cool weather for beach monitoring field work on Pea Island yesterday.  The team completed various measurements on a number of transects to evaluate beach properties in a control (un-nourished) and a recently nourished area.  ECU graduate students in Geological Sciences, Nick Kelly and Ryan …Read More

  • Nature-based infrastructure research featured on NPR

    NC Sea Grant recently funded a group led by Estuarine Ecology and Human Health Program head Mike Piehler to conduct research and educational activities in Wilson Bay, near Jacksonville, NC.  Partners include the City of Jacksonville, NOAA, and the NC Sentinel Site Cooperative.  Listen to and read about the project here .

  • Estuarine Ecosystems, Habitats, and Ecosystem Services

    Pamlico Sound Estuarine System (PSES) An estuary is a place where freshwater mixes with the sea in a semi-enclosed coastal body of water. The Pamlico Sound is home to a host of unique habitats and is the largest of the North Carolina estuaries. Water from the marshes, forests and grasslands of eastern North Carolina and …Read More

  • Marine Hydrokinetic Device Field Testing and Assessment

    Jennette’s Pier Renewable Ocean Energy Device Testing The UNC Coastal Studies Institute works closely with energy developers to assist in testing and monitoring their devices in real world ocean environments.  UNC CSI has developed two wave energy test centers at Jennette’s pier in Nags Head, a state owned pier managed by the NC Aquarium division.  In …Read More

  • From Hag’s Head to Nags Head: A Successful Coastal Study Abroad

    From the ancient stratigraphy of Hag’s Head (Cliffs of Moher, Ireland), the great halls of Trinity College Dublin, the waterfalls of the glacially carved Wicklow Mountains, the Titanic’s birthplace in Belfast, the fascinating volcanic columns of the Giant’s Causeway, and finally to UNC CSI and the wind-swept Jennette’s Pier here on the Outer Banks, a lucky group of …Read More

  • Learning the Rules and Regulations of UAS for Research and Education

    Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), are a relatively new tool for many applications, including environmental mapping and change analysis.  Scientists at UNC CSI and ECU will be using them into the future for research and education. Faculty, staff and graduate students from the UNC Coastal Studies Institute attended training given by the …Read More

  • Sustainable Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization

    North Carolina has over 10,000 miles of estuarine shoreline or sheltered coast, which are distinct from ocean-facing beaches. Many NC estuarine shorelines are experiencing significant erosion, with average rates of over 20 feet per year in some areas. Estuarine shorelines in NC include some of the most biologically productive and ecologically valuable habitats in the …Read More

  • Groundwater – Seawater Interactions

    Groundwater – Seawater Interactions Groundwater is the largest store of freshwater in temperate latitudes and provides a vital resource for many coastal communities. The discharge and exchange of groundwater to the ocean is important for nutrient inputs and ocean productivity, and many factors affect its cycling, including precipitation, aquifer characteristics, extraction and coastal hydrodynamics. More …Read More

  • Expedition Costa Rica [2015-2016]

    Expedition Costa Rica Project During the summer of 2015, the Program of Maritime Studies of East Carolina conducted a field class in Costa Rica to explore the maritime culture of the settlement of Cahuita and Puerto Viejo located along the nation’s southern Caribbean coast. Students participated in an array of activities including underwater archaeological mapping …Read More

  • Harnessing the Power of the Gulf Stream

    UNC CSI scientists are researching the Gulf Stream as a possible source of renewable energy for North Carolina.  Current research is being performed to locate the “sweet spot” for capturing the power of the Gulf Stream. The correct placement of marine hydrokinetic devices is critical for capturing Gulf Stream energy. The seafloor depth in the middle of the …Read More

  • New Faces at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute

    The UNC Coastal Studies Institute is excited to have new faces working with us! Talor Galloway, a Geology Undergraduate from UNC-W will be volunteering in the Coastal Processes lab. Hannah Palko is a UNC Chapel Hill masters students in the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology.  Hannah is working on a salinity gradient project, focusing on …Read More

  • Job Opening: Technology Support Analyst

    The UNC Coastal Studies and East Carolina University are currently hiring a Technology Support Analyst.  Please click HERE for more details and information on how to apply.

  • Summer Camp Scientists

    Summer is in full swing and at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, that means summer camp science projects.  Last week the Dare County 4H Council summer camp visited the Coastal Studies Institute to learn about erosion in our estuaries.  The course offering provides an opportunity for students to experience firsthand the research that is ongoing …Read More

  • Seining for Science

    This week technicians from the UNC Coastal Studies Institute continued data collection at the Rodanthe Emergency Channel Research Area. This work is part of a broad, collaborative and interdisciplinary endeavor between the UNC Coastal Studies Institute and the NC Department of Transportation assessing the archaeological, ecological, and geological implications of dredging the emergency channel. This …Read More

  • UNC Coastal Studies Institute YouTube Channel

    Want to learn more about UNC Coastal Studies Institute projects?  Check out our Youtube channel!  Subscribe to our YouTube channel at the following link: CLICK HERE

  • Weekly UNC Coastal Studies Institute Tours

    Interested in a tour of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute?  We have tours every Wednesday at 1pm.  Please contact Kim Armstrong at 252-475-5404 or via email at [email protected] to reserve your spot.

  • “Science on the Sound” Lecture on Sustainable Gardening on June 23, 2016

    The UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) is hosting a lecture on sustainable coastal gardening and as part of its  “Science on the Sound” lecture series.  This series, held monthly, highlights research on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina.  This month, the program will feature Jeff Lewis, a Horticulturist with the UNC Coastal …Read More