Anja Sjostrom was a bright up-and-coming scholar that was taken too soon from the ECU and CSI family.  Her work embodied CSI’s Mission.  In her own words, she wanted “… to work with partners across multiple research institutions, agencies, and communities on complex coastal issues.”  Anja was interested in how climate change impacts highly migratory fish species and the coastal livelihoods and ecosystems that depend on them.  Anja believed that the Integrated Coastal Sciences PhD program could help her make a difference in coastal communities and was enrolled as a student in the program.  Anja chose the program because of its “focus on creating stronger lexicons and processes of successful collaborations across inter and transdisciplinary spaces.”  We have created the following scholarship to honor and celebrate the life of Anja Sjostrom.

The Anja Sjostrom Memorial Scholarship in Coastal Science
This scholarship will provide support for students enrolled in the Integrated Coastal Sciences PhD, Undergraduate Semester at the Coast Program, or other interdisciplinary academic programs hosted by ECU Integrated Coastal Programs.

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.