Lindsay Dubbs, Ph.D

Research Associate, North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program
Co-Director, Outer Banks Field Site, UNC Institute for the Environment
Associate Director, North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program

Office: Room No. 334
850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981

Phone: 252-475-5492
Fax: 252-475-3545

Ecology & Geochemistry of Marine & Coastal Systems Lab


Lindsay Dubbs joined the Coastal Studies Institute in 2012 but has been the ecology lecturer at the Outer Banks Field Site, hosted by CSI, since 2008.

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Ph.D. Environmental Sciences and Engineering, 2009 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.S. Environmental Sciences and Engineering, 2004 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.S. Biology and Environmental Studies, 2000 Tufts University, Medford, MA

Research Interests

Her research interests broadly focus on biogeochemistry and ecosystem-scale ecology. More specifically, she’s interested in how energy and nutrient dynamics in terrestrial, coastal, and nearshore marine ecosystems are influenced by energy generation and natural resource management decisions. She’s also interested in meaningfully engaging students, including undergraduates, in natural science research and place-based educational opportunities.  

Current Projects

Salinity Gradient Energy – An Inexhaustible Clean Energy Resource for North Carolina, UNC: GA Research Opportunities Initiative –  Douglas Call (NCSU), Orlando Coronell (UNCCH), Andy Keeler (ECU/CSI), Lindsay Dubbs (UNCCH/CSI), Joseph DeCarolis (NCSU)

Assessing the effects of Gulf Stream turbines on Sargassum communities: A follow-up study, NC: Renewable Ocean Energy Program –  Lindsay Dubbs, Research Assistant Professor, (CSI), Michael Piehler, (CSI/UNCCH)

Assessing the effects of Gulf Stream turbines on Sargassum communities: A pilot study, NC: Renewable Ocean Energy Program –  Lindsay Dubbs, Research Assistant Professor, (CSI/ UNCCH), Michael Piehler, (CSI/ UNCCH)

Public Attitudes and Issues Influencing the Public Acceptability of Marine Hydrokinetic Energy in Coastal North Carolina, NC: Renewable Ocean Energy Program –  Andrew Keeler (CSI/ECU), Flaxen Conway (OSU), Adam Gibson (NCSU), Lindsay Dubbs (CSI/UNCCH), Sara Mirabilio (NC Sea Grant)



Dubbs, L., M. Piehler, and J. Colby (2015) An examination of pelagic Sargassum community primary productivity and nutrient cycling in the face of Gulf Stream based energy, OCEANS’15 MTS/IEEE Washington Proceedings.

Dubbs, L., A.G. Keeler, and T. O’Meara (2013) “Permitting, risk, and marine hydrokinetic energy development,” Electricity Journal 6(10), 64-74.

Carpenter, D.E. and Dubbs, L., eds. (2012) “Albemarle-Pamlico Ecosystem Assessment 2012: Albemarle Pamlico National Estuary Partnership,”

Dubbs, L.L. and S.C. Whalen (2010) “Reduced net CH4 consumption is a sustained response to elevated CO2 in a temperate forest,” Biology and Fertility of Soils, 4(6), 597-606.

Dubbs, L.L. and S.C. Whalen (2008) “Interactive influences of nutrient reduction and light on phytoplankton biomass, primary production, and community composition in the Middle Cape Fear River, North Carolina,” International Review of Hydrobiology, 93(6), 711-730.

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.


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.