Parker Kellam Murphy

Outreach Specialist, Coastal Studies Institute

Office: Room No. 230C
850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981

Phone: 252-475-5452
Fax: 252-475-3545


Parker joined the Coastal Studies Institute in November of 2019. Prior to this role, she served as an Assistant Stranding Technician with the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program after completing her graduate studies. She developed a passion for environmental education through various internships and volunteer opportunities as a student.

Parker spends much of her free time outdoors. She especially enjoys the beach, surfing, and sometimes running too. She has danced almost her whole life, and since graduating from college is always on the hunt for a community ballet class. When she’s not exploring the Outer Banks, she loves to visit her hometown on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

M.P.S. Marine Mammal Science, University of Miami, 2018
B.A. Biology & Environmental Studies, Washington and Lee University, 2017
Current Projects

Parker supports the implementation and development of K-12 programs, summer camps, and community outreach events. She also generates web and social media content that helps to communicate the research and happenings of CSI to the public.

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.




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Contact Info

The Coastal Studies Institute
850 NC 345
Wanchese, NC 27981


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