Meet the Scientist

Coastal Studies Institute is excited to offer a new monthly virtual community program that allows viewers to get to know some of the world-class coastal scientists at ECU and among our partner institutions.  “Meet the Scientist” gives us the opportunity to introduce you to the people behind the science being done along our shores and across the world.

Each month an interview conducted by Dean Reide Corbett will be live-streamed to our Youtube Channel where it is also recorded for later viewing. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions via the live chatbox. 

“Meet the Scientist” Schedule
November 11: April Blakeslee

In the first installment of this series, Dean Corbett will interview ECU Assistant Professor of Biology and 2019 ECU ICP Coastal Fellow April Blakeslee. Blakeslee will share her research on “zombie crabs” and host-parasite relationships found in coastal systems such as those in North Carolina.

January  28:  Mike Muglia

In the second installment of this series, Dean Corbett will interview Dr. Mike Muglia, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Coastal Studies at ECU. Dr. Muglia will share his research on the Gulf Stream and his work on the possibility of using it as a renewable energy resource as part of the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Research Program.

February 25: Lindsay Dubbs

In the third installment of this series, Dean Corbett will interview Dr. Lindsay Dubbs, Associate Scientist at the Coastal Studies Institute and Associate Director of the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP). Dr. Dubbs will highlight her research as a biogeochemist and ecosystem ecologist for CSI and the ecosystem characterization work that she has conducted in the Gulf Stream for the NCROEP. Dubbs will also share her interest in pelagic Sargassum and its roles in habitat provision, productivity, and nutrient cycling in the marine environment.

March 25: Jim Morley
In the fourth installment of this series, Dean Corbett will interview Dr. Jim Morley, Assistant Scientist at Coastal Studies Institute and ECU Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. Dr. Morley researches how marine species are affected by changes to estuarine and ocean habitats that result from human activity. During the interview, he will share his studies to determine how oyster culture affects the ecosystem services of estuarine habitats, particularly those in North Carolina.
April 29: David Lagomasino
May 27: Rachel Gittman
June: To Be Determined

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.


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.


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