Terri Kirby-Hathaway, M.A.Ed.

Marine Education Specialist, North Carolina Sea Grant

Office: Room No. 212
850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981

Phone: 252-475-5486
Email: terri_hathaway@ncsu.edu


Terri Kirby Hathaway has been the Marine Education Specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant since October 2003, sharing her knowledge of ocean sciences and aquatic environments with educators statewide. Prior to that, she was the Education Curator at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island for 18.5 years.  Terri is active in state, regional, and national professional organizations, presenting at various conferences and instructing at professional development workshops.  In addition, she is a co-author for “North Carolina’s Amazing Coast” which features habitats, flora, and fauna from the state’s coastal areas.  She and her oceanographer husband live in Southern Shores, NC with their four rambunctious cats!

Terri enjoys beachcombing, reading, traveling, jewelry making, walking, cooking (and eating). Her research interests include marine education curriculum use in elementary classrooms, needs assessments of elementary teachers and microplastics.

MAEd Science Education, East Carolina University, 1999
B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1979
Current Projects

Terri is developing an elementary curriculum to accompany “North Carolina’s Amazing Coast”, creating new marine education offerings across the state of NC and increasing marine/aquatic knowledge of educators in NC.


Scotch Bonnet; marine education newsletter for educators; 40 issues since 2004; print 2004-2009; online Autumn 2009-present https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/scotchbonnet/ 

Hathaway, TK. (2017) “Out Summer of Content.” Coastal Currents online blog. https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/currents/2017/01/our-summer-of-content/

Hathaway, TK. (2016) “An Invasion of the Naked Sea Butterflies.” Coastal Currents online blog. https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/currents/2016/08/an-invasion-of-the-naked-sea-butterflies/

Hathaway, TK. (2016) “STEAM on the Coast.” Coastal Currents online blog. https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/currents/2016/05/steam-on-the-coast/

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.


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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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The Coastal Studies Institute
850 NC 345
Wanchese, NC 27981



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