Join us for the December 2023 installment of the “Science on the Sound” Lecture Series at the Coastal Studies Institute on the ECU Outer Banks Campus. This monthly, in-person lecture series brings perspectives from all over the state and highlights coastal topics in northeastern North Carolina. This month, the students of the Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS) will present the findings of their Capstone Research Project in a presentation entitled, “Artificial Light at Night: Public Perception, Sea Turtle Nesting, and Spatio-temporal Change in North Carolina’s Outer Banks”. The program will take place at 6 PM on December 12, 2023, at the Coastal Studies Institute on the ECU Outer Banks Campus.

OBXFS students collect data on artificial light at night (ALAN) for their capstone research project.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment’s Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS) is a semester-long, interdisciplinary residential learning experience for undergraduate students hosted by the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) on the East Carolina University (ECU) Outer Banks Campus. Each fall since 2001, OBXFS students have spent the semester taking classes, engaging in internships with local organizations, and completing a Capstone research project as a group. This year’s Capstone research addresses Artificial Light at Night, or ALAN, on the Outer Banks, including how ALAN has changed over the past nine years, what OBX residents and visitors think about ALAN, and how changes in ALAN relate to sea turtle nesting patterns.

The program will last approximately 90 minutes including presentation, questions, and discussion. Presentation attendees will also have the opportunity to view posters about the students’ internship projects before and after the Capstone presentation and to talk with the students about their experiences during a reception following the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided.

The program is free to attend and the public is encouraged to attend. The program will also be live-streamed, as well as archived for later viewing, on the CSI YouTube Channel.

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.



Based at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) advances inter-disciplinary marine energy solutions across UNC System partner colleges of engineering at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC A&T University.  Click on the links below for more information.




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 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.


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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.