David Sybert, M.S.

K-12 Education Specialist, Coastal Studies Institute

Office: Room No. 230B
850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981

Phone: 252-475-5451
Fax: 252-475-3545
Email: Sybertd@ecu.edu


David Sybert joined the Coastal Studies Institute in May 2009. Prior to this role, Dave served as an Educator at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island where he educated the general public and worked as an Assistant Dive Safety Officer. He has also spent time working in Southern California as a Marine Science Instructor. Dave prefers to spend his free time in or around the waters of the Outer Banks surfing, fishing, or diving.

M.S. Geological Sciences, East Carolina University
B.S. Environmental Studies, Elon University
Current Projects

Dave is responsible for coordinating K-12 programs at CSI.  It is his goal to make the work of CSI researchers and scientists relevant to middle and high school students.  Dave is interested in providing exciting, hands-on opportunities for students to experience science, math, engineering, art and technology outside of their classrooms.

Along with coordinating the K-12 program, he is also a member of the CSI Underwater Production Team and assists John McCord in sharing the work and mission of CSI with interested parties.


Sybert, DM, C Guerreri, K Clark, M Baker. 2008. SEA TURTLE STRANDINGS ON THE OUTER BANKS: WHAT WE CAN LEARN, WHO WE CAN TEACH. 28th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Loreto, Baja California Sur.

Guerreri, CL, D Sybert, K Clark, M Baker. 2009. A PROGRESS REPORT: NECROPSY STUDY ON THE NORTHERN OUTER BANKS OF NORTH CAROLINA. 29th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Brisbane, Australia.

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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Contact Info

The Coastal Studies Institute
850 NC 345
Wanchese, NC 27981



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