The Coastal Studies Institute will host the next Science on the Sound lecture on November 17, 2022. This monthly, in-person, lecture series brings perspectives from all over the state and highlights coastal topics in northeastern North Carolina.

Dr. Mike Muglia, a coastal oceanographer at CSI and North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program Assistant Director for Science and Research, will present his research with a presentation entitled “Renewable Ocean Energy Developments: Concepts to Kites”. He will talk about several of the recent developments in renewable ocean energy from the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program and beyond. It has been an exciting voyage from theoretical devices to ocean deployments, and Dr. Muglia will provide an update on the present status of ocean current and wave energy harvesting devices and future plans for them.

Dr. Muglia’s presentation will take place on the ECU Outer Banks Campus on November 17, 2022, at 6 PM. He will be followed by Dr. Chris Oakley on December 8, 2022. Each lecture is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend. The program will also be live streamed and a recorded version will be available for later viewing on the CSI YouTube Channel.

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.