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    ECU and CSI Study Impacts of Hurricanes Florence and Michael

    A team of scientists from ECU and CSI have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant to study the impacts of Hurricanes Florence and Michael in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System (APES) and adjacent continental shelf. The team is led by Dr. Siddhartha Mitra, Associate Professor in the Department of Geological …Read More

  • Meet Julia Bachman: Science Journalism Intern at the Coastal Studies Institute

    Julia Bachman is a senior at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, and Science Journalism Intern with the Coastal Studies Institute at the ECU Outer Banks Campus. This is the first in a series of posts Julia will author to provide a first-hand glimpse into her research and outreach experiences at …Read More

  • Nags Head Elementary School 5th Graders attend Marine Technology Field Trip at the Coastal Studies Institute

    Nags Head Elementary School (NHES) 5th graders came rolling, buzzing, and plunging into the 2018-2019 school year as the first to experience the recently updated Marine Technology education program offered at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI). In this fast-paced and hands-on program, students rotated through a series of activities and challenges to demonstrate some of …Read More

  • CSI to Host “Science on the Sound” Lecture on Managing Wastewater on November 7, 2018

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is hosting a lecture on managing wastewater as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights information on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina. This month, the program will feature Lora Harris, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake …Read More

  • Five Local Seniors join the Coastal Studies Institute as Interns for 2018-2019 School Year

    Since 2014, the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) has engaged local students with sustained, real-world research experiences through the CSI high school internship program. The internship program is designed to provide students with practical and novel exposure to careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) fields, and add relevance to subject matter taught in the …Read More

  • "Road Work Ahead," 2017. Photo: Baxter Miller

    Coastal Studies Institute to host “Rising” Exhibit from October 10 through January 2019

    The Coastal Studies Institute at the ECU Outer Banks Campus (CSI) will host RISING exhibit beginning on October 10, kicking off with a 5 PM public reception and 6 PM community panel discussion as part of the “ Science on the Sound ” lecture series. “RISING: Perspectives of Change along the North Carolina Coast” is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research …Read More

  • ECU Offer Hurricane Florence Recovery Assistance

    ECU is offering assistance to those affected by Hurricane Florence.  The following website,  https://florencerecovery.ecu.edu/ , contains information on emergency resources, road closures, emergency shelters, and individual and business assistance requests.  Click on the image below to learn more.

  • Dr. Reide Corbett Named Coastal Studies Institute Director

    East Carolina University has named Dr. Reide Corbett as its new dean of integrated coastal programs and director of the Coastal Studies Institute.   Corbett, a Pirate since 2000, has served as head of CSI’s Coastal Processes Program since 2012. He has also served as chair of ECU’s Coastal Strategic Planning Committee, tasked with developing …Read More

  • Science on the Sound Lecture POSTPONED Due to Hurricane Florence

    The program originally scheduled for September 12 has been POSTPONED until September 26 due to Hurricane Florence. The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is hosting a lecture on the impacts of environmental change on coastal water resources as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights information on coastal topics and …Read More

  • ECU and CSI Faculty Member, Dr. Andy Keeler, co-Authors Article on Coastal Adaptations to Sea Level Rise

    ECU faculty member and CSI Public Policy and Coastal Sustainability Program Head, Dr. Andy Keeler, and research partners, Dr. Dylan McNamara (UNCW) and Dr. Jennifer Irish (Virginia Tech), recently released an article  in The Conversation that highlights findings from their work on coastal adaptation. The work combines economics, coastal geomorphology, and engineering to examine real estate market responses to …Read More

  • The 2018 UNC Institute for the Environment OBX Field Site students

    Coastal Studies Institute Hosts UNC Institute for the Environment Outer Banks Field Site for 12th Year

    After ten bustling weeks of coastal science summer camps, the classrooms and teaching labs at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) remain abuzz as CSI welcomes students to the UNC Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS) from August to December. Undergraduate students participating in the OBXFS spend their fall semester fully …Read More

  • CSI Partners with Dare County 4H to Provide Summer Science Workshop Series to Local Students

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) recently partnered with North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Dare County Center and Dare County 4H to develop and host a 3-part Estuarine Science Workshop Series as part of the Center’s “Summer Fun” youth programming. The series took place at the Coastal Studies Institute with monthly workshops in June, July and August. Each session built …Read More

  • From Shipwecks to Scuba & Science: Coastal Studies Institute Provides 14 Summer Day Camps in 2018 Season

    Summer is in full swing at the Coastal Studies Institute!  CSI is halfway through a fun-filled summer of educational and engaging camps with educational themes ranging from exploring estuaries to maritime archeology.  Over the course of the summer, CSI will host 14 weeks of day camps and serve over 170 local and visiting campers ages …Read More

  • Project Update: Installation of Experimental Shoreline Stabilization Sills at CSI Complete and Research Underway

    Scientists at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) recently worked with local contractor, Total Marine Services Inc, to install four 100’ breakwater sills in front of the CSI property as part of a shoreline stabilization project . The materials—633 tons of class C, or watermelon-sized, limestone riprap—were transported by barge from Wanchese …Read More

  • CSI & ECU Partner with WeatherFlow to Install Real-time Data Monitoring Platform at Coastal Studies Institute

    A new observational platform for collecting meteorological, water level, and water quality data was recently installed in the Albemarle Pamlico Estuarine System (APES) just off the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) campus. This new data collection station is the outcome of a public-private partnership between East Carolina University (ECU),  Coastal Studies Institute and WeatherFlow, a private …Read More

  • SAVE Currituck Sound Field Team

    Project Update: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Evaluation in Currituck Sound (SAVE Currituck Sound)

    Coastal Studies Institute scientists and research partners headed back to the Currituck Sound last week to complete field surveys and data collection as part of the ongoing research study called Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Evaluation in Currituck Sound (SAVE Currituck Sound). The two-year project , headed by CSI scientist Dr. Reide Corbett in collaboration with the Army …Read More

  • Staff Spotlight: Jeff Lewis, Horticultural Specialist

    Here at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold facility flanked on three sides by expansive estuarine shoreline and maritime habitat, sustainability plays a fundamental role in all operations. This commitment to sustainability is evidenced across CSI’s five research areas, educational programs, building design and construction features, and …Read More

  • Coastal Studies Institute to Host “Science on the Sound” Lecture About Holes on the Beach on May 24, 2018

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is hosting a lecture on various beach critters and the stories their holes tell as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights information on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina. This month, the program will feature Terri Kirby Hathaway, Marine Education Specialist with …Read More

  • First Flight High School Students Receive Award in National STEM Competition

    A team of local First Flight High School (FFHS) students, mentored by educators at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), recently competed in the 2017-2018 Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) ExploraVision national STEM competition. In this competition, students imagine and create an idea for a technology that will be developed 20 years in the future to …Read More

  • Coastal Studies Institute to Host “Science on the Sound” Lecture on Sustainable Gardening on April 26, 2018

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is hosting a lecture on sustainable gardening as part of its monthly “Science on the Sound” lecture series.  This series highlights research on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina and features researchers, scientists, engineers, and educators from the CSI and other partner institutions. This month’s program will feature Jeff Lewis, …Read More

  • CSI Installs Experimental Oyster Sill to Study Shoreline Stabilization

    Scientists at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), are preparing to construct and study a multiple oyster reef breakwater system. This shore protection design is a type of grey-green living shoreline, meaning that non-living, or “grey,” materials are used to encourage the development of a living, or “green,” system. …Read More

  • Coastal Studies Institute Hosts the 7th Annual North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium

    April 5th and 6th marked the 7th annual North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Project (NCROEP) Symposium at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) in Wanchese, NC. NCROEP is an ongoing partnership led by CSI in consort with the Colleges of Engineering at NC State University, NC A&T, UNC Charlotte, and East Carolina University that serves to …Read More

  • 2018 Coastal Studies Institute Summer Camp Registration Opens March 1st

    Registration begins March 1, 2018, for Coastal Studies Institute’s (CSI) 2018 Summer Camps.  CSI will offer fourteen summer experiences for 9-15 year old students between the dates of June 11 and August 10, 2018.  These day camps combine STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts with fun, hands-on activities to create an educational, exciting …Read More

  • Coastal Studies Institute Hosts 2nd Annual KidWind Challenge

    On Saturday, February 3, 2018, the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), in partnership with KidWind, Jennette’s Pier and Appalachian State University, hosted the 2nd Annual North Carolina KidWind Challenge at the CSI campus site in Wanchese, NorthCarolina. During the event, teams from eastern North Carolina showcased and tested the performance of their handcrafted wind turbines, and …Read More

  • Scientists Study Current Interactions at Cape Hatteras

    By Meghan Savona The waters off North Carolina’s Outer Banks are an extremely dynamic area. With colliding currents of varying origin, temperature, and salinity, the coast of Cape Hatteras is a hotspot for studying the way that different currents interact. “North Carolina is kind of like the Mason-Dixon line of physical oceanography,” researcher Mike Muglia …Read More

  • Coastal Studies Institute to Host Open House on January 20, 2018

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is hosting an Open House from 1-4pm on January 20, 2018, at the campus location in Wanchese, North Carolina. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend this free event. Attendees will be able to tour the campus and facilities, learn about current research and education programs, take part in …Read More

  • Video – Identifying the Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck

    Join Dr. Nathan Richards and graduate students from the ECU Program in Maritime Studies as they uncover the identity of the Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck!  

  • Outer Banks Field Site Students Present Capstone Research Project on December 14, 2017

    The students of the UNC Institute for the Environment’s Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS) will present their Capstone research findings at 2 pm on December 14, 2017 in room 262 at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute located at 850 Hwy 345 in Wanchese, NC. This presentation will highlight the natural and social science research undertaken by the students on …Read More

  • Researching Sargassum and Phytoplankton in the Gulf Stream

    By Meghan Savona, First Flight High School Intern With the possibility of harnessing energy from our oceans becoming an increasingly feasible idea, it’s important to look at how alternative energy development may affect other marine life and impact open ocean ecosystems. The North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) has identified the Gulf Stream as …Read More

  • Register for the 2018 Dare County Science Fair!

    Are you a student interested in science and a student in the Dare County School System?  Enter the 2017 Dare County Science fair! Compete in the 2nd Annual Dare County Science Fair, hosted by the Dare County Youth Council and UNC Coastal Studies Institute. The science fair will take place on January 10th, 2018 at 5:00 …Read More

  • How Technology is Bringing the Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck Back to the Surface

    by India Mackinson,  Intern, UNC Institute for the Environment, Outer Banks Field Site With each passing day, new technologies revolutionize yet another field or industry, and the Pappy’s Lane shipwreck project is no exception. While the research team did great work on mapping the wreck through snorkeling and meticulous recording, they got some help from another …Read More

  • UNC CSI Coastal Processes Program initiates new research project: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Evaluation in the Currituck Sound (SAVE Currituck Sound)

    By Meghan Savona, First Flight High School Intern Plants play an important role in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. Certain types of plants known as submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) are especially important in helping to sustain life within our local marine, estuarine, and riverine environments. These flowering vascular plants play a key ecological, physical, and …Read More

  • Refining the Identity of the Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck

    By India Mackinson, UNC CSI Intern The mystery of the Pappy’s Lane shipwreck in the Pamlico Sound near Rodanthe is one step closer to being solved. After mapping the site and dredging targeted areas during a month-long field school, Dr. Nathan Richards, head of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute Maritime Heritage Program, and nine East …Read More

  • Graduate Student Receives Fellowship to Study Invasive Phragmites

    Invasive species, such as the common reed Phragmites australis, pose significant threats to local ecosystems by outcompeting native flora and displacing indigenous habitat.  Recently, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences (UNC IMS) graduate student Mollie Yacano was selected to be a recipient of a North Carolina Sea Grant and Albemarle Pamlico Estuary Partnership joint fellowship to study Phragmites throughout the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System.  …Read More

  • Uncovering Clues to the Identity of the Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck

    By India Mackinson, Intern, UNC Institute for the Environment, Outer Banks Field Site. The Pappy’s Lane shipwreck was an enigma from the start. Going into the project, all Dr. Nathan Richards knew of the wreck was from limited oral history, leaving the name, the type of vessel, and the date of the wreck itself a …Read More

  • Five Fridays Lecture Series – Early Career Contributions in Coastal and Climate Science

    The Five Fridays Seminar Series: Early Career Contributions in Coastal and Climate Science features early career speakers who are visionaries in their respective fields of research and have published cutting edge papers. Their studies serve as templates for truly integrating natural and social sciences.  Since 2011, the five speakers have authored or co-authored 4 publications …Read More

  • Maritime Archaeological Drafting: The Science and Art of Shipwreck Recording

    By India Mackinson – UNC Institute for the Environment, Outer Banks Field Site With technology more accessible than ever before, it’s easy to forget the essentiality of pencil and paper, especially for maritime archaeology. Dr. Nathan Richards and nine East Carolina University graduate students have studied the Pappy’s Lane shipwreck in Rodanthe for two weeks, …Read More

  • Interdisciplinary Research and Interns on the Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck

    By Meghan Savona, First Flight High School Intern A maritime archaeology research project is currently underway in the Pamlico Sound off Rodanthe, NC. The shipwreck known as “Pappy’s Lane Wreck” is being studied because of its potential historical, archaeological, interpretive, and educational significance. While the identity of the Pappy’s Lane Wreck is currently unknown, it’s …Read More

  • Research Team Receives Funding to Study Adaptation on Barrier Islands and Coastal Areas

    Andy Keeler of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) and East Carolina University (ECU) is part of an interdisciplinary team that has been awarded a 4-year, 1.5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study adaptation on barrier islands and low-lying coastal areas.  The team consists of economists, geologists, and physical …Read More

  • UNC CSI High School Internship Program

    University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) established an internship program in 2014 to provide local high school students with real-world experiences in research and science.  These intensive experiences in Science, Technology, Education, Art, and Math (STEAM) careers provide relevance to subjects taught in school and foster students interest to pursue careers in …Read More

  • Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck Project

    PROJECT OVERVIEW With support from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), graduate students from East Carolina University’s Program in Maritime Studies (ECU) in partnership with the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), will investigate a shipwreck near the village of Rodanthe as part of a fall field school.  Known locally as “Pappy’s Lane Wreck”, the as-yet unidentified …Read More

  • Dr. Lindsay Dubbs Featured on Clean Energy Podcast “More Power to You”

    Dr. Lindsay Dubbs, Research Assistant Professor at UNC Chapel Hill and Research Associate at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, was recently featured on the new podcast, “More Power to You”.  The podcast is dedicated to a sustainable clean energy economy and is hosted by Josh Cohen, former mayor of Annapolis Maryland and former Deputy Administrator …Read More

  • Scientists Collect Data During Celestial Event

    Dr. Hong-Bing Su, Associate Professor in East Carolina University’s Geography Department, visited the UNC Coastal Studies Institute to collect meteorological data during the solar eclipse.  Su, along with four undergraduate students and one doctoral student from East Carolina, carried out in-situ ground-based and balloon borne radiosonde measurements prior, during, and after the eclipse. Teams in …Read More

  • Archaeological Surveys Within Wilmington East and West Wind Energy Areas

    Recently, the Advanced Media and Visualization Lab at UNC CSI assisted archaeologists from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA MNMS) with an archaeological survey of targets found within and adjacent to the Wilmington East and West Wind Energy areas.  Operating out of Southport, North Carolina, the team used …Read More

  • Estuaries, Art, Shipwrecks and Science: Summer Camps at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute

    Since early June, a new set of campers arrived each week at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) on Roanoke Island for summer day camp. Students ages 10-15 came to conduct experiments, explore estuaries, survey shipwrecks, or scuba dive in hands-on, educational and engaging summer camps. Each camp incorporated field experiences, like kayaking and snorkeling, …Read More

  • Oh là là!  UNC CSI Cultivates a Coastal Research Collaboration with France

    Today is Bastille Day in France, essentially the French equivalent of the 4th of July, and it provides an opportunity to reflect on UNC CSI’s international partnerships, specifically with our stylish friends across l’Océan Atlantique.  Just like most Americans, the French love sunshine, surf and seafood.  Because of its unique geologic history, France is surrounded …Read More

  • Dr. Michael Piehler Named Interim Executive Director of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute

    Effective July 1, 2017, Dr. Michael Piehler assumed the role of Interim Executive Director of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI).  Dr. Piehler has been an integral part of the growth and success of UNC CSI, serving as the Program Head for the Estuarine Ecology and Human Health research program since 2004.  Dr. Piehler …Read More

  • Outer Banks Woman’s Club Provides Scholarships for Manteo High School Students to Visit UNC CSI

    The Outer Banks Woman’s Club continues to support UNC CSI Education Programs through generous donations that provide scholarships for local students to visit UNC CSI.  Funding from the club covers transportation expenses and program fees, which can prohibit local schools from field trip experiences.  In past years the club’s donations have also supported students in …Read More

  • UNC Coastal Studies Institute and Dare County Youth Council Host Science Fair

        On May 31, 2017 the first ever Dare County Science Fair was organized and hosted by Dare County Youth Council in partnership with the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI). Students from high schools, middle schools and home schools across Dare County were encouraged to compete in a variety of science categories for …Read More

  • UNC CSI and Partners Release Satellite Tagged Sea Turtles to Track Dispersal and Habitat Use

    Researchers at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released juvenile and adult sea turtles into the Gulf Stream in partnership with the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island and the University of Central Florida (UCF). The project, led by Drs. Lindsay Dubbs (UNC CSI) and Larisa …Read More

  • Dr. Nancy White, Executive Director of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute Honored with the ECU Women of Distinction Award

    Dr. Nancy White, the Executive Director of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, was recently recognized by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women at East Carolina University (ECU) with the Women of Distinction Award.  Dr. White, along with nine other women from ECU, was selected to represent the theme for 2017, “Real Women, Real …Read More

  • Sustainable Landscaping

    Coastal Studies Institute supports sustainable landscaping with the use of native plants.  Native plants are more tolerant to the local climate and changing weather conditions.  By reducing the amount of maintenance required such as irrigation and fertilization, planting native plants is a more sustainable option for landscaping.  Native plants promote biodiversity and provide shelter and food …Read More

  • Continental Shelf – Deep Ocean Exchange: The Hatteras Story

    By Glen Gawarkiewicz Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution One of the main science goals for PEACH is to understand how waters from the shallow continental shelf intermingle with the waters of the deep ocean.  The Cape Hatteras region is particularly complicated because there is southward flow that comes down from New Jersey and Maryland and northward flow that …Read More

  • PEACH Project Numerical Modeling: Filling in the Gaps

    In addition to data collection from ocean observing instrumentation, numerical modeling is an important tool used by project oceanographers to better understand shelf water exchange into the deep ocean.  Throughout the PEACH research cruise, NCSU Ocean Observing and Modeling group’s (OOMG) Joe Zambon has been providing data to PIs and Chief Scientist Magdalena Andres for cruise planning. Several study sites were pre-determined …Read More

  • An Undergraduate’s Perspective on the PEACH Research Cruise

    By Lauren Ball – Senior, NC State University As an senior at NC State University in Biological Oceanography, I only required one class to graduate in May.  At the beginning of the semester, Dr. Joe Zambon and Dr. Ruoying He brought up an opportunity in our class for undergraduates to participate in two research cruises.  …Read More

  • CTD: The Workhorse of Oceanography

    For an oceanographer, understanding the physical properties of sea water, including salinity and temperature, and depth are parameters that are critical for studying ocean processes.  Luckily, oceanographers have an oceanographic instrument that does that very thing, and it’s called a CTD.  A CTD is an acronym for sensor that measures conductivity (which can be used to …Read More

  • R/V Neil Armstrong: An Oceanographic Research Vessel

    The R/V Neil Armstrong is the newest vessel in the Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) fleet of ocean going research ships.   In 2010 Office of Naval Research chose WHOI to operate of of two new research vessels planned for construction and in September of 2015, the R/V Neil Armstrong was transferred to WHOI operations.  …Read More

  • Argo Floats: Drifting Ocean Observers

    The PEACH science team is deploying four Argo floats during the two week research cruise on the R/V Neil Armstrong.  The Argo floats are part of a world wide network of vertical profiling floats providing upper ocean observations.  Deployments of the first Argo floats began in 2000 with an additional 800 floats added on average …Read More

  • Tracking Shelf Water with Buoys

    Two meteorological buoys complete with oceanographic instrumentation were deployed off the R/V Neil Armstrong on April 19 and 20.  This observing effort is being led by Dr. Harvey Seim and Sara Haines of UNC Chapel Hill. The buoys have a complete meteorological package, including sensors for humidity, temperature, rainfall, barometric pressure, temperature, GPS, wind speed …Read More

  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers: Measuring Currents with Sound

    While mobile oceanographic observing instruments like the Spray glider are good for making measurements over larger areas for extended time periods, scientists on the PEACH project are also deploying observing equipment to make ocean current measurements at fixed locations with high resolution.  Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, or ADCPs for short, are one example of fixed …Read More

  • Coastal Ocean Radar: Land Based Oceanographic Observing Systems

    While the R/V Neil Armstrong is an excellent platform for the deployment of oceanographic observing instrumentation, oceanographers on the PEACH project are also using land based observing systems to learn more about the Gulf Stream and the exchange of shelf water into the deep ocean.   One important type of land based observation system being …Read More

  • Would you like PIES with that?

    Over the course of the research cruise, the science team, led by Magdalena Andres of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will deploy several pressure sensor equipped inverted echo sounders (PIESs).  The small, easily deployed oceanographic instruments sit on the seabed and use a pressure sensor and an acoustic echo sounder to measure the overlying sea surface height …Read More

  • Gliders: Mobile Oceanographic Observing Platforms

    On April 16, the science team on the PEACH project deployed an autonomous underwater glider called a Spray glider in the waters off Ocean City, Maryland. The glider will “fly” a transect south along the continental shelf to offshore of Cape Hatteras and back north again, all the while collecting valuable data on ocean temperature, …Read More

  • Research Project: Processes Driving Exchange at Cape Hatteras

    Project Overview Funded by the National Science Foundation, the “Processes driving Exchange at Cape Hatteras” project also known as PEACH, is a collaborative research project focused on identifying the processes that control the exchange of waters between the shelves along the eastern seaboard of the US (Middle Atlantic Bight and Southern Atlantic Bight) and the open …Read More

  • Science on the Sound Series: “Beachcombing Biology: The Stories Your Beach Finds Tell”

    On March 23, 2017, the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI)hosted a lecture on North Carolina’s beachcombing as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights information on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina. This month, the program will featured Terri Kirby Hathaway, Marine Education Specialist with …Read More

  • Science Club Learns About Marine Technology

    The science club from Currituck High School recently visited the Institute for a program showcasing various applications of marine technology.   As part of the program, students were introduced to the five primary research areas of the UNC Coastal Studies Insitute and how these different programs utilize marine technology to collect data in a dynamic …Read More

  • “Science on the Sound” Lecture on North Carolina’s Changing Coastline Scheduled for February 23, 2017

    The UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) is hosting a lecture on North Carolina’s changing coastline as part of its  “Science on the Sound” lecture series.  This series, held monthly, highlights research on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina.  This month, the program will feature Dr. Reide Corbett, Professor in the department of …Read More

  • Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology Course April 15-16, 2017

    Are you interested in learning more about the world of underwater archaeology? Want to do more with your diving? Join us for a hands-on course in nautical archaeology taught by professional maritime archaeologists.  The UNC Coastal Studies Institute, in partnership with East Carolina University and Roanoke Island Outfitters, is offering a “Introduction to Foreshore and …Read More

  • Science on the Sound Lecture Video: “Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products as Emerging Pollutants in Coastal Waters”

    On January 26, 2017, The UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) hosted a lecture on pharmaceuticals and personal care products in coastal waters as part of the  “Science on the Sound” lecture series.  This series, held monthly, highlights research on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina.  In January 2017, the program featured Drs. Sid …Read More

  • ECU, UNC CSI and Partners Win Award for Costa Rica Field Project

    At the January 2017 Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) conference, Dr. Lynn Harris (Maritime Studies/East Carolina University), Dr. Nathan Richards (Maritime Studies/ECU & UNC-Coastal Studies Institute), and Dr. Maria Suarez Toro (Centro De Buceo Embajadores y Embajadoras del Mar) were awarded second place in the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee’s “Diversity Field School Awards” for …Read More

  • Video Archive of OBXFS Capstone Research Presentation

    The Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS) is a collaborative program between the UNC Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute.  The program is an undergraduate semester-long program focused on coastal environmental decision making. The curriculum offers coursework and real-world experiences in several disciplines, including environmental economics, coastal ecology, coastal law …Read More

  • Outer Banks Field Sites Students Present Capstone Research Project on December 15, 2016

    The students and faculty of the 2016 UNC-Chapel Hill Outer Banks Field Site, hosted by the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, invite you to attend their annual presentation of Capstone research. Eleven UNC-Chapel Hill students have been studying and conducting research at the Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS) since August of 2016.  The students will present …Read More

  • Science on the Sound Lecture on Oyster Reef Research Archive Video

    On December 12, 2016, The UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) hosted a lecture on oyster reef function research as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights research on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina. This month, the program featured Dr. Michael Piehler, UNC CSI Estuarine …Read More

  • Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Andy Keeler, Public Policy & Coastal Sustainability Program Head

    Story By Victoria Morian, OBXFS Field Site Student. Dr. Andrew Keeler, the program head for Public Policy and Coastal Sustainability, sees the role of economics at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute as one of many valuable approaches to research being done at the center. “If you want to understand people’s motivations, almost everybody is motivated …Read More

  • Researchers Deploy and Recover Oceanographic Equipment

    Scientists and technicians from the UNC Coastal Studies Institute recently deployed and recovered two oceanographic instruments offshore of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  The two pieces of equipment include a device used to measure currents along the edge of the Gulf Stream, and buoy, used to measure waves.  Both of these instruments are part of the …Read More

  • Maritime Heritage Report Released – Boats of Currituck: An Analysis of Six Watercraft from the Whalehead Preservation Trust Collection

    In the fall of 2013 and the summer of 2014, graduate students from East Carolina University’s Program in Maritime Students, in collaboration with the UNC-Coastal Studies Institute, carried out a project recording six watercraft from a collection of historical small watercraft collected and maintained by the Whalehead Preservation Trust in Currituck County, North Carolina. This …Read More

  • UNC CSI Scientists Publish Paper on New Approach to Mapping Continental Shelves

    Continental shelves make up only about 8% of the total area covered by the world’s oceans, yet they are some of the most environmentally and economically important regions on Earth. Much of the world’s seafood, and a significant fraction of the world’s energy resources such as oil and gas are found here. National and international …Read More

  • Aerial Images Provide Lofty Look at Lost Vessel

    Researchers from the UNC Coastal Studies Institute returned to Rodanthe to collect additional data pertaining to the shoreline and a shipwreck located within the research area.  The Rodanthe project, initiated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC DOT), is a collaborative study comprised of UNC CSI geologists, ecologists, and archaeologists who, through the lense …Read More

  • Black Bears, Red Wolves, and Coyotes: Predators of the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula

    Each year the Coastal Studies Institute hosts students from UNC’s Institute for the Environment program to participate in the Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS).  In addition to classes and field work held at CSI and in the surrounding region, students are required to complete a capstone research project that pertains to current issues of the …Read More

  • UNC CSI to Host Open House on Saturday, November 19, 2016

    Join us from 1-4pm on Saturday, November 19 for an open house at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute!  Tour the campus and facilities, learn about current research and education programs and interact with UNC CSI faculty and staff.  This event is FREE and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. The UNC Coastal Studies …Read More

  • Design Students Look at Landfill as Opportunity

    Graduate students from NC State’s Department of Landscape and Architecture visited UNC CSI’s facilities recently as part of a course focused on recovering landscapes. The students, under the direction of Jennifer Walker and Andrew Fox, professors at NC State University College of Design, as well as UNC CSI’s Sustainable Design Specialist, Robert McClendon, traveled by …Read More

  • Post-Matthew Beach Monitoring

    Children of today will likely tell their kids about the flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew in eastern North Carolina.  While much of this water rise was induced by excessive rainfall and thus affected areas beyond the shoreline, there were also widespread ocean impacts along the NC coast, including damage from storm surge and shoreline erosion.  …Read More

  • In Search of Sargassum and Sea Turtles

    Researchers from the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) and National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center (NMFS SEFSC) NOAA Laboratory in Beaufort, NC embarked on a one-day cruise to the Gulf Stream offshore of Cape Hatteras, NC as part of a project to better understand the ecology of the Gulf Stream. Sargassum is …Read More

  • Estuarine Shorelines Mapped in Advance of Hurricane Matthew

    The Coastal Processes program at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) has been mapping estuarine shorelines as part of an ongoing research project to better understand our coastline and the processes that shape it, including the effects of storm events.  While many areas along the North Carolina coast are experiencing erosion, one area of …Read More

  • Wizard Training for Sonar Secrets at CSI

    It is Halloween season, and there’s no better time to learn the spells and secrets of wizards.  On October 3rd and 4th, curious scientists and students gathered at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute to become competent users of SonarWiz, a sophisticated and sneaky software for collecting and processing marine geophysical data.  Under the cover of …Read More

  • UNC CSI Hosts Teacher Workshop

    The UNC Coastal Studies Institute, in partnership with the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research and East Carolina University, recently hosted a teacher workshop at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute campus in Wanchese, NC.  22 teachers from all over the state of North Carolina took part in a day-long workshop entitled, “Ocean Currents and Shifting Sands: Exploring …Read More

  • ECU and UNC CSI Partner with Costa Rican Organization for Collaborative Archaeological Project

    Maritime Archaeologists from East Carolina University (ECU) and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) recently returned from a two week field school in Costa Rica.   The field work, centered around two potentially 18th century shipwrecks, was performed in partnership with, and under the permit of, Centro Comunitario de Buceo Embajadores y Embajadoras del …Read More

  • New Paper Released on the Potential Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Lichen Biodiversity in the Mid-Atlantic Region

    A new paper was recently released on the potential impacts of sea level rise (SLR) on lichen biodiversity.  This paper, written by Jessica Allen and James Lendemer, botanists with the New York Botanical Garden, gives particular attention to the impacts of SLR on the Mid-Atlantic region and has identified northeastern North Carolina as a hot …Read More

  • Great Weather for Beach Monitoring

    UNC CSI Coastal Processes team members were fortunate to have nice, relatively cool weather for beach monitoring field work on Pea Island yesterday.  The team completed various measurements on a number of transects to evaluate beach properties in a control (un-nourished) and a recently nourished area.  ECU graduate students in Geological Sciences, Nick Kelly and Ryan …Read More

  • Nature-based infrastructure research featured on NPR

    NC Sea Grant recently funded a group led by Estuarine Ecology and Human Health Program head Mike Piehler to conduct research and educational activities in Wilson Bay, near Jacksonville, NC.  Partners include the City of Jacksonville, NOAA, and the NC Sentinel Site Cooperative.  Listen to and read about the project here .

  • Estuarine Ecosystems, Habitats, and Ecosystem Services

     Project Importance As more people move to the coast, as the weather continues to impact the inhabitants of the coast and shape the landscape, as sea levels continue to rise, it is important to consider these ecosystems and monitor how they are affected by human and natural elements.  One of the suggestions for the deposition …Read More

  • Marine Hydrokinetic Device Field Testing and Assessment

    Jennette’s Pier Renewable Ocean Energy Device Testing The Coastal Studies Institute works closely with energy developers to assist in testing and monitoring their devices in real world ocean environments. CSI has developed two wave energy test centers at Jennette’s pier in Nags Head, a state owned pier managed by the NC Aquarium division.  In addition, as …Read More

  • From Hag’s Head to Nags Head: A Successful Coastal Study Abroad

    From the ancient stratigraphy of Hag’s Head (Cliffs of Moher, Ireland), the great halls of Trinity College Dublin, the waterfalls of the glacially carved Wicklow Mountains, the Titanic’s birthplace in Belfast, the fascinating volcanic columns of the Giant’s Causeway, and finally to UNC CSI and the wind-swept Jennette’s Pier here on the Outer Banks, a lucky group of …Read More

  • Learning the Rules and Regulations of UAS for Research and Education

    Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), are a relatively new tool for many applications, including environmental mapping and change analysis.  Scientists at UNC CSI and ECU will be using them into the future for research and education. Faculty, staff and graduate students from the UNC Coastal Studies Institute attended training given by the …Read More

  • Sustainable Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization

    North Carolina has over 10,000 miles of estuarine shoreline or sheltered coast, which are distinct from ocean-facing beaches. Many NC estuarine shorelines are experiencing significant erosion, with average rates of over 20 feet per year in some areas. Estuarine shorelines in NC include some of the most biologically productive and ecologically valuable habitats in the …Read More

  • Groundwater – Seawater Interactions

    Groundwater – Seawater Interactions Groundwater is the largest store of freshwater in temperate latitudes and provides a vital resource for many coastal communities. The discharge and exchange of groundwater to the ocean is important for nutrient inputs and ocean productivity, and many factors affect its cycling, including precipitation, aquifer characteristics, extraction and coastal hydrodynamics. More …Read More

  • Expedition Costa Rica [2015-2016]

    Expedition Costa Rica Project During the summer of 2015, the Program of Maritime Studies of East Carolina conducted a field class in Costa Rica to explore the maritime culture of the settlement of Cahuita and Puerto Viejo located along the nation’s southern Caribbean coast. Students participated in an array of activities including underwater archaeological mapping …Read More

  • Harnessing the Power of the Gulf Stream

    UNC CSI scientists are researching the Gulf Stream as a possible source of renewable energy for North Carolina.  Current research is being performed to locate the “sweet spot” for capturing the power of the Gulf Stream. The correct placement of marine hydrokinetic devices is critical for capturing Gulf Stream energy. The seafloor depth in the middle of the …Read More

  • New Faces at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute

    The UNC Coastal Studies Institute is excited to have new faces working with us! Talor Galloway, a Geology Undergraduate from UNC-W will be volunteering in the Coastal Processes lab. Hannah Palko is a UNC Chapel Hill masters students in the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology.  Hannah is working on a salinity gradient project, focusing on …Read More

  • Job Opening: Technology Support Analyst

    The UNC Coastal Studies and East Carolina University are currently hiring a Technology Support Analyst.  Please click HERE for more details and information on how to apply.