Last year the Atlantic Marine Energy Center (AMEC) was established, and ever since, AMEC leadership has been hard at work to get this newly made consortium up and running.

AMEC is led by the University of New Hampshire and is a consortium of academic institutions including the Coastal Studies Institute, Stony Brook University, and Lehigh University. The center focuses on research and development to address ongoing needs for sustainable renewable ocean energy. It is one of only four National Marine Renewable Energy Centers in the country.

Recently AMEC leadership met in person while congregated in Portland, OR, for Ocean Energy Week 2022.

Most recently, AMEC was well represented at Ocean Energy Week 2022 in Portland, Oregon. AMEC leadership held a Directors’ Meeting while there; and they, along with other AMEC researchers, also had the opportunity to collaborate with leaders from the Department of Energy, other national labs, academia, and the industry. Finally, students from AMEC university partners presented their work and findings at the inaugural University Marine Energy Research Community (UMERC) symposium.

Speaking of community, Drs. Lindsay Dubbs and Linda D’Anna continue to lead research efforts related to blue economy stakeholders. Dubbs and D’Anna are currently conducting an outreach and engagement project which asks members of the public where they see themselves in the AMEC Universe. While some may think there is no way could be involved with marine renewable energy development, chances are they are pieces of a giant, interdisciplinary puzzle.

Though AMEC may be in its infancy, much has already been accomplished in its first year. The leadership team is excited to keep moving forward and sharing the progress toward a more sustainable future for all.

The AMEC website offers an interactive display, not unlike the static photo above, which offers community members insight as to how they might be connected to the AMEC Universe.

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.