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 13, 2018. The presentation, entitled “Environmental Change and Septic in Nags Head: Local Perspectives and Impacts on Water Quality and Quantity”, will be held in room 262 at the Coastal Studies Institute located on the ECU Outer Banks Campus at 850 Hwy 345 in Wanchese, NC. This presentation will highlight the natural and social science research undertaken by the students on their semester-long group research project on wastewater treatment and water quality.
The students will report on their qualitative interview-based research, historical hydrological data analysis, and storm-based water quality field study. The students’ research involved documenting and understanding local perceptions of water quality, water levels, and septic sewage treatment in Nags Head; analyzing several years of groundwater level data from across Nags Head; and collecting, analyzing and interpreting water quality data from a sub-watershed in Nags Head that is prone to storm flooding.
The OBXFS is a UNC-Chapel Hill fall semester program for undergraduate students from across the UNC system and beyond, hosted by the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese. Students at the site take classes in coastal resource economics, coastal management, and coastal ecology, take part in a group research project (the Capstone), and do an internship project with community partners or CSI faculty. The course work is place-based and the student experience is greatly enhanced by interactions with the community, facilitated by our Community Advisory Board and other individuals and groups in northeastern North Carolina. For more information about the OBXFS and academic programs offered at CSI, please visit: http://www.coastalstudiesinstitute.org/education/academic-programs/institute-for-the-environment-obxfs/