John McCord

Assistant Director for Engagement & Outreach, Coastal Studies Institute

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

Phone: 252-475-5450
Fax: 252-475-3545


John McCord joined the Coastal Studies Institute in October 2005. Prior to this role, John served as the Education Manager at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.

John’s personal interests focus on ocean-based activities. John enjoys fishing, surfing, diving, and boating with his family. Even though his work centers around the ocean and coastal issues, John can usually be found spending his free time on the ocean in some recreational capacity.

University of North Carolina at Wilmington B.A. Natural Resource Recreation Management Focus: Biological Sciences
Current Projects

 John is responsible for communicating the research and activities of the Coastal Studies Institute to an assortment of audiences including local government officials, university faculty, teachers, K-12 students, and the general public. John fulfills this mission through a variety of education and outreach methods including workshops, publications, press coverage, multi-media, and web-based learning.

John is interested in partnership opportunities that will increase the reach of the Coastal Studies Institute. He is currently developing relationships with a variety of organizations around northeastern and coastal North Carolina that will help expand the influence of CSI while providing resource sharing opportunities for coastal marine education.

Coppenger, Amy; J. McCord, et. al. Passport to the Pacific: A Guide to Habitats, Inhabitants and Activities from the Aquarium of the Pacific, 2002, ISBN#0-9725675-0-X

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.


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.


Tour the ECU Outer Banks Campus and learn about the research, education, and engagement projects of CSI and ECU Integrated Coastal Programs through our 360 virtual tour.


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.