The Coastal Studies Institute is pleased to announce the revival of a beloved favorite, Science on the Sound! This monthly, in-person, lecture series brings perspectives from all over the state and highlights coastal topics in northeastern North Carolina.

Dr. Reide Corbett, a coastal oceanographer and geochemist, ECU Integrated Coastal Programs Dean, and Executive Director of the Coastal Studies Institute, will kick off the revamped series on September 29, 2022. In his presentation entitled “Beach Nourishment on the OBX:  Addressing the what, why, and potential impacts.”, Dr. Corbett will talk about a hot topic here on the Outer Banks and within other coastal municipalities.

Since the initial Nags Head beach nourishment project in 2011, the Outer Banks community has seen a growing number of projects across the beaches here. Corbett’s presentation will provide some background on the use of beach nourishment as a soft engineering approach to shoreline erosion and possible ecological impacts to the beach associated with these projects.

Dr. Corbett’s presentation will take place on the ECU Outer Banks Campus on September 29, 2022, at 6 PM. He will be followed by Dr. Chris Oakley on October 27 and Dr. Mike Muglia on November 17, 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.