2021 Blue Heron Bowl

National Ocean Sciences Bowl Regional

Virtual or In-Person

 February 1, 2020 was the first time CSI hosted The Blue Heron Bowl, the North Carolina regional event for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), on the ECU Outer Banks Campus.  The competition places four-person teams against each other in a round-robin style trivia tournament.  A welcome dinner at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and keynote speaker, Dr. Reide Corbett, provided students some insight into what makes the Outer Banks such a unique location geologically and ecologically.

The Plan for the 2021 event for regional bowls around the country is under development.  Due to COVID-19 we may have to host a virtual event.  The national office is currently polling participants and volunteers to see what might be possible this year.  Stay tuned!


Virtual Event

A virtual event would take place through Zoom.  Last year the National Finals were virtual and there is a successful framework for using chat rooms and having the buzzer and TCQs available to each team one at a time.  A virtual event would still require both volunteers and a minimum number of team participants.

In-person Event

If we are able to host an in-person event this year we would host it at CSI and it would likely include a welcome dinner, keynote speaker with the competition the following day.  The date for the competition is still being planned as information from teams and volunteers is coming in.

Hotel Accommodations:

Comfort Inn South

8031 Old Oregon Inlet Road

Nags Head, NC 27959

Phone: 252-441-6315

20 rooms reserved for 1/31/20 (Friday) night

20 rooms reserved for 2/1/20 (Saturday) night

Room Rates: $69.00 (Sound View), $99.00 (Oceanfront)

Room Block Name: Blue Heron Bowl

Reservation Cut-off Date: 12/27/19

Tranquil House Inn, http://www.tranquilhouseinn.com

405 Queen Elizabeth Avenue

Manteo, NC 27954

Phone: 252-473-1404

20 rooms reserved for 1/31/20 (Friday) night

20 rooms reserved for 2/1/20 (Saturday) night

Room Rate: $75.10

Room Block Name: Blue Heron Bowl

Reservation Cut-off Date: 12/31/19



This event requires many volunteers.  The roles of volunteers can be the following:

  1. Moderator – the moderator should have some experience with an ocean science bowl.  They read the rules and the questions to the teams and are responsible for running the match.
  2. Science Judge – this should be a scientist or graduate student.  They are responsible for resolving question challenges that come up during the competition.
  3. Rules Judge – this can be anyone.  They are responsible for ensuring all the rules are being followed and issuing warnings.
  4. Scorekeeper – this can be anyone.  They are responsible for keeping score and announcing the final scores.
  5. Timekeeper – this can be anyone.  They are responsible for staying focused on the clock  and announcing after first half is over.
  6. Room Runner – this can be anyone.  They are responsible for helping with set up, checking equipment, assisting rules judge, delivering questions and helping pack up.


Please contact David Sybert at sybertd@ecu.edu or 252-475-5451 with questions.

Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University.


ECU’s Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement.   ECU ICP includes the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU’s Department of Coastal Studies, and ECU Diving and Water Safety.


The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
Located on Roanoke Island along the banks of the second largest estuary
in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.




The faculty and staff at the Coastal Studies Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as departments and organizations including ECU Department of Biology, ECU Department of Coastal Studies, NC Sea Grant, the North Carolina Renewable Energy Program, and the UNC Institute for the Environment.


The CSI Board of Directors consists of professionals with strong backgrounds in coastal issues including research, development, outreach, education, and policies that affect coastal communities. The Board promotes the UNC System’s mission in helping it serve the people of North Carolina at a high level of excellence in every area of endeavor at the Coastal Studies Institute. The Board meets twice a year to discuss the projects and progress of CSI.


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850 NC 345
Wanchese, NC 27981



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