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  • Mangroves from the ground level

    ECU Scientists Help Filter Through “Too Much Information” in the Mangrove Conservation World

    As the situation with COVID-19 is showing us, science and data are most useful when they are made accessible and available to those who need and use them. This is just as true for global conservation efforts in this era of big data. Recently, an international team of coastal specialists, including ECU scientists David Lagomasino and Siddharth Narayan , …Read More

  • Dr. David Lagomasino visited Everglades National Park in February 2020 to conduct field work. The Everglades are also included in some of his other studies. [Photo courtesy]

    ECU’s David Lagomasino to Help Assess Everglades Mangrove Recovery Post-Hurricane Irma

    ECU Department of Coastal Studies assistant professor David Lagomasino is part of a team of researchers from ECU and Florida International University (FIU) who have been awarded funding from the National Parks Service for a project to assess the resilience and recovery of mangrove forests in the Florida Everglades that were impacted by Hurricane Irma …Read More

  • CSI, ECU Researchers Study Beach Nourishment Effects on Pea Island

    Beach nourishment projects are no stranger to Outer Banks beaches which have experienced net erosion without human intervention. State regulations prohibit hard structure mitigation installments such as sea walls, bulk heads, and sandbags on the oceanfront leaving few viable options for response to erosion. Many believe nourishment is a better tactic to combat erosion because …Read More

  • Hurricane Irma swept through Florida in September 2017, but even in 2020 many of the impacted mangrove forests, like this one in Long Key State Park, have not recovered.

    Researchers Develop Framework to Better Predict Storm Impacts on Ecosystems

    Tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons) can alter the way our global coastlines function. However, each hurricane is different and has varying levels of impact on the coast due to any number of assorted storm characteristics including strength, rainfall, timing and location of landfall. While these extreme storm events are becoming more and more common, the …Read More

  • A satellite photo of Hurricane Florence approaching the NC coast. Florence made landfall on September 14, 2018 as a Category 1 storm, bringing with it catastrophic storm surge, rain fall, and flooding. Photo: NOAA.

    As Hurricane Season Approaches Collaboration and Understanding Are Key

    Hurricanes, severe weather, and flooding are becoming ever-increasing threats in coastal areas around the United States. On the Outer Banks and in eastern North Carolina, residents are experiencing these threats first-hand as severe storms and extreme weather events are occurring with more frequency and intensity; and often, they cannot or will not evacuate. But why …Read More

  • A pollinator garden on the ECU Outer Banks Campus exhibits a variety of plant species to include those of all different heights and textures.

    Coastal Gardening and Landscaping Provides Great Escape and Habitat Protection

    In light of the current situation, there are probably many coastal residents that have found themselves with increased downtime. And with the days beginning to warm up, it now seems like a good time to spend as much time as possible outside. A leisurely walk at one of the county’s many parks or trails or …Read More

  • A satellite image of the NC coast.

    Earth Fair OBX VIII Goes Virtual

    While there has been little to celebrate in these first months of 2020, there is one fantastic milestone just around the corner. This upcoming Wednesday, April 22, will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Earth Day was established in 1970 when 20 million Americans participated in demonstrations throughout the nation to call for a …Read More

  • ICESat-2, up in space, projects green lasers toward Earth. When the lasers hit features such as ice sheets or tree canopies, the light photons are reflected back to the satellite. Photo: NASA.

    NASA Funds ECU Scientist to Study Coastal Seascapes from Space

    Coastal seascapes (seagrasses, mangroves, coral reefs, tidal flats) are of high economic and ecological value all over the world and also offer extensive protection from extreme weather events. Coastal seascapes are often labeled “Blue Carbon” environments, meaning they are carbon-rich, water-related ecosystems that are able to store an abundance of carbon in their soils.  This …Read More

  • An aerial view above the Roanoke Sound of the ECU Outer Banks Campus at sunset. The Coastal Fellows Initiative seeks to foster interdisciplinary coastal research through opportunities at the ECU Outer Banks Campus and the Coastal Studies Institute.

    ICP Coastal Fellows Initiative Provides Opportunities for ECU Faculty

    Interdisciplinary sciences are playing an ever-increasing role in coastal research.  Blending natural and social sciences provides a more holistic approach when addressing research questions.  ECU and CSI scientists are making interdisciplinary connections on both the main campus and the ECU Outer Banks Campus. Biologists pair up with social scientists to understand fisheries dynamics; geospatial analysts …Read More

  • David Lagomasino (foreground) and Anya Leach (far right) amidst a "ghost forest" with other members of their team.

    Ghost Forests of the Everglades Reveal Impacts from Irma

    ECU Department of Coastal Studies assistant scientist David Lagomasino and Coastal Studies Institute research technician Anya Leach recently visited the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park to examine the extent of mangrove mortality after Hurricane Irma. The two were part of an interagency collaboration, joining researchers from Florida International University, University of Maryland, NASA Goddard …Read More

  • Students show the world their work together from Jockey's Ridge. Though unable to be with their friends from UAE, the students were thinking of them as they flew.

    ECU Art Students Find “Connection”

    Due to a change in their international travel plans for spring break, students from the ECU School of Art and Design (SoAD) recently found themselves on the ECU Outer Banks Campus. Though usually one thinks of science-related content when they visit CSI, these students were here for an art class! The honors course, UAE: Field …Read More

  • Morley especially enjoys his fieldwork which includes collecting data for fish species.

    Jim Morley Brings Shrimp and Sheepshead Studies to CSI

    Jim Morley, a new assistant scientist at CSI and assistant professor in the Department of Biology at ECU, is excitedly anticipating all the possibilities of the work to come here at the Coastal Studies Institute on the ECU Outer Banks Campus. While his work has been based in North Carolina for quite some time now, …Read More

  • Some of the students took a break from their work to pose with their oscillating wave column before it went into the tank.

    NCA&T Ocean Design Class Visits CSI to Test Oscillating Wave Column

    ­­ On February 25, 15 mechanical engineering students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T), visited the ECU Outer Banks Campus to put their oscillating wave column to the test in CSI’s wave tank. The students are part of Dr. Michael Atkinson’s Ocean Energy Senior Design course, a new class offering at NCA&T …Read More

  • The students of the ECU OBX Semester Experience at the Coast pose for a photo at Jennette's Pier during their field trip on February 13, 2020.

    ECU Students Visit Beach for First OBX Semester Experience Field Trip

    The history of the Outer Banks beaches is filled with stories of storms, erosion, and renourishment projects. When drastic events occur almost anyone can tell that their favorite beach spot has changed, but for some time scale variations of the landscape are often harder to notice without some sort of documentation. That is where ECU …Read More

  • 2020 Open House at the Coastal Studies Institute on the ECU Outer Banks Campus

    Have you ever wondered what is inside the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) as you pass by the ECU Outer Banks Campus on your way to and from Wanchese, or wished you could visit it another time? If you answered yes, your chance to do so is just around the corner! ECU’s Integrated Coastal Programs (ICP) …Read More

  • CSI to Host “Science on the Sound” Lecture on North Carolina Bats on February 20

    ECU Integrated Coastal Programs and the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) are hosting a lecture on North Carolina bats century as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights information on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina. This month, the program will feature Marissa Liverman, Citizen Science and …Read More

  • Campers explore the beach and check what their core captured.

    Summer Camp Registration Opens March 1

    The Coastal Studies Institute will offer eleven summer experiences in 2020 for students 9 – 16 years old.  These day camps combine STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts with fun, hands-on activities to keep campers engaged and actively learning while having a great summer experience. Students will snorkel, kayak, collect species data by …Read More

  • ECU, CSI Host Successful Blue Heron Bowl

    Most people come to the Outer Banks to relax and vacation, however that was not on the agenda for the 57 students and coaches that traveled to Roanoke Island for Blue Heron Bowl this past weekend. The Blue Heron Bowl, a regional event for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), was held this year on February 1 at the …Read More

  • Students from the Outer Banks had the opportunity to present their Science Fair projects to faculty and members of the community in January.

    CSI, Jennette’s Pier Host 2020 OBX Science Fair

    One of CSI’s Public Education and Outreach objectives is to get kids excited about science and to help them understand the scientific process. For last three years, CSI and a variety of partners have done just that, and this year has only proven to be better. CSI, in conjunction with Jennette’s Pier, held their annual …Read More

  • CSI and ECU Faculty Publish Paper on Coastal Adaptation in Pacific Island Nations

    In a just-published paper, Drs. Siddarth Narayan and Nadine Heck, along with an international team of collaborators, examine how communities affected by coastal hazards choose to adapt. By analyzing data collected from coastal communities in four Pacific island nations over a series of workshops, interviews, and focus groups, the team reveals that people living on …Read More

  • ECU, CSI and University of Puerto Rico Collaborate on Ciguatoxin Study

    Ecologists and anthropologists from ECU and CSI, and the University of Puerto Rico- Ponceare are working on a Puerto Rico Sea Grant (PRSG) funded study entitled, “Ciguatoxin detection and model predictions for use in fisheries management in Puerto Rico,” to better understand the connections between ciguatoxin (CTX) and occurrences of fish poisoning in humans.  CTX …Read More

  • David Lagomasino, assistant professor in the Department of Coastal Studies at ECU.

    CSI Professor Visits Philippines to Map Coastal Habitats

    Coastal habitats, such as seagrass beds, coral reefs, mangroves and marshes play a critical role in the overall health and resilience of coastal systems.  David Lagomasino, assistant professor in the Department of Coastal Studies at ECU and J.P. Walsh, director of the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island, are working to …Read More

  • Back Row: Dr. Andy Keeler, Connor Badgett, CriShaun Hardy, Avery Morea, Emma Calhoun, Emily Galvin, Anna-Gray Anderson, Dr. Linda D'Anna, and Peter Marcou. Front: Claire Bradley, Bailey Williams, Hayley Kaplan, Rachel O'Reilley, Sara Henshaw, and Dr. Lindsay Dubbs.

    UNC Students Spend Semester Researching Outer Banks Septic

    Twelve students from UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment have spent the fall living and learning on the Outer Banks. During their semester at the Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS) on ECU’s Outer Banks Campus, the students gained an understanding of the complex relationship between coastal policy, and the natural and social sciences that …Read More

  • NC State School of Design graduate students present their final products for Dr. George Elvin’s course on coastal resiliency.

    NC State Students Challenge Traditional Architecture Ideas With Storm Resilient Designs

    Coastal hazards, including changing climate, increased storm activity and rising sea levels threaten coastal communities and the infrastructure they contain.  A group of architecture students from North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) School of Design are working on new ideas to increase community resilience through architecture and design.  CSI recently hosted these students on the ECU …Read More

  • January 2020 Science on the Sound Lecture

    Kick-off the year 2020 with an engaging lecture on Outer Banks history at the Coastal Studies Institute at 6:00 p.m. on January 23, 2020.  The lecture,  entitled “Circa 1903: North Carolina’s Outer Banks at the Dawn of Flight”, will feature a presentation from Dr. Larry Tise, former director of the N. C. Division of Archives …Read More

  • CSI Partners with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences (NCCOS)

    Coastal Studies Institute’s dive team recently partnered with a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences (NCCOS) underwater habitat study off the coast of North Carolina in Onslow and Raleigh Bays.  The study was conducted aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, a 187 ft. oceanographic research vessel dedicated to improving …Read More

  • ECU and CSI See Significant Growth with New Faculty Hires

    The Department of Coastal Studies (DCS) in East Carolina University’s new Integrated Coastal Programs (ICP) unit and the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) are proud to welcome a new cohort of interdisciplinary coastal scientists to join ECU at the Outer Banks Campus this academic year. David Lagomasino (landscape geomorphology, ecohydrology, and remote sensing) and Kimberly Rogers …Read More

  • CSI-led Research Team Visits Gulf Stream to Study Sargassum for NCROEP

    Whether you are a commercial fisherman or coastal scientist, the Gulf Stream is an expansive and versatile natural resource known to generations of Outer Banks residents and visitors for its historical, ecological, or economic significance. Within the last decade, the Gulf Stream has specifically caught the attention of ocean scientists and engineers from public and …Read More

  • George Bonner Named Director of the NC Renewable Ocean Energy Research Program

    East Carolina University’s (ECU) Integrated Coastal Programs and the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) are proud to announce the naming of George Bonner as the Director of the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP).  The NCROEP is a research partnership that integrates coastal, electrical, civil and mechanical engineering with the natural and social sciences to …Read More

  • ECU Coastal Faculty Collaborates Across Disciplines and Universities to Evaluate Shoreline Resilience after Hurricane Florence and Beyond

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is a multi-institutional research and education partnership that takes an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to understand processes and solving problems in the complex human and natural systems that surround us. ECU and CSI faculty member, Dr. Rachel Gittman, and research partners, Dr. Devon Eulie and Dr. Huili Hao (UNC Wilmington), …Read More

  • CSI main campus as viewed from the Marine Operations Building.

    CSI to Host an on the Water Educational Program for Families on June 12

    The “We” in Wetlands: An on the Water Family Program The Coastal Studies Institute presents the first in a series of fun and educational outings for the whole family! Join CSI scientists and educators for an active, engaging, and occasionally messy science adventure on the Croatan Sound. This program will cover estuarine and food web basics …Read More

  • Research Experiences of a High School Intern: Squid Dissection

    By Julia Bachman, First Flight High School Intern The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), is involved with coastal research and is committed to educating students in STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) through hands-on activities and real-world experiences both inside and outside the classroom. CSI collaborates with schools across the region to formulate science …Read More

  • Roanoke Island Trails Program adds Trail Markers along Collins Trail

    The Roanoke Island Trails Program (RITP), spearheaded by a motivated bunch of community volunteers and led by AmeriCorps member Erin Rexin, recently installed 12 trail markers to assist with wayfinding on the Collins Trail in Skyco, North Carolina. The team installed the markers between the Roanoke Island Welcome Center and Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) on …Read More

  • Twenty Graduate and Undergraduate Students Compete in Poster Competition at 8th Annual NC Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium at CSI

    Last week at the Coastal Studies Institute, the eighth annual North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) symposium brought a range of scientists, students, and marine hydrokinetic energy industry professionals together from across the state, and beyond. The headcount rang in at 97 total attendees—the best number yet for this annual academic event. The two-day …Read More

  • Research Experiences of a High School Intern: Meeting Ian Conery, Coastal PhD Student

    Written by Julia Bachman, First Flight High School  Here at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), scientists, engineers and researchers endeavor to answer pressing coastal questions with unbiased scientific methodology.  This research integrates the expertise of scientific leaders across disciplines, including natural and social sciences, engineering, and health.  Ian Conery, a PhD candidate and research assistant …Read More

  • Staff Spotlight: Paul Paris, Research Scientist at the Coastal Studies Institute

    What do a recreational sailor, closet classical guitarist, and marine geomorphologist have in common? Maybe more than one thing. But, chief among them, these are all attributes to describe Dr. Paul Paris, Research Scientist at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) on the ECU Outer Banks Campus. Paris started with CSI in 2015 after two decades …Read More

  • Research Experiences of a High School Intern: NC Renewable Energy Challenge

    By Julia Bachman On April 6, 2019, from 9:00-2:00, the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), located on the ECU Outer Banks Campus in Wanchese, NC, is hosting the Fourth Annual North Carolina Renewable Energy Challenge. CSI has partnered with KidWind, Jennette’s Pier and Appalachian State University for the NC qualifying event before the national KidWind competition. …Read More

  • ECU Integrated Coastal Programs and the Coastal Studies Institute to host Open House on April 13, 2019

    East Carolina University’s Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) and the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) are hosting an Open House from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on April 13, 2019, at the ECU Outer Banks Campus location in Wanchese, North Carolina.  The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend this free event.  Attendees will be able to …Read More

  • ECU and CSI Natural Resource Economist, Dr. Jacob Hochard, Director of the ECU Center for Natural Hazards Research, Dr. Jamie Kruse, co-edited the symposium, "Economics, Insurance, and Flood Hazards."

    ECU and Coastal Studies Institute Faculty Co-Edit Symposium on Economics, Insurance, and Flood Hazards

    Faculty members from the Coastal Studies Institute and ECU’s Center for Natural Hazard Research recently co-edited a symposium of seven papers published in the Southern Economic Journal and now available online. The symposium, “Economics, Insurance, and Flood Hazards,” was compiled by ECU economists, Dr. Jacob Hochard of the Coastal Studies Institute and Dr. Jamie Kruse, …Read More

  • NC Renewable Energy Challenge to Take Place at the Coastal Studies Institute on April 6, 2019

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), in partnership with KidWind, Jennette’s Pier and Appalachian State University, is gearing up to host the North Carolina Renewable Energy Challenge—a team engineering challenge and qualifying event for the national KidWind competition. The event will take place on April 6, 2019, at the Coastal Studies Institute on the East Carolina …Read More

  • CSI and Regional Partners to Host “Star Party” at Jennette’s Pier on February 5, 2019

    A Time for Science, North Carolina Land of Water (NCLOW), ECU Integrated Coastal Programs and the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) have partnered to host a Star Party for the general public on February 5th from 6-9 p.m. at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The event will feature interactive planetarium showings led by astronomer Brian Baker …Read More

  • Hurricane Florence Approaching the southeastern NC coast in September 2018. Image curtesy of NASA.

    Interdisciplinary Team of ECU and CSI Coastal Faculty Studies Impacts to Private Wells Following Hurricane Florence

    An interdisciplinary team of East Carolina University (ECU) coastal scientists has been awarded rapid-response grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study exposure to and existence of contamination in private drinking water wells following Hurricane Florence. The one-year study started in December 2018 and is focused in Duplin, Sampson and adjacent rural counties …Read More

  • Research Experiences of a High School Intern: Analyzing Lab Samples From Shoreline Stabilization Sills at CSI

    By Julia Bachman, Photojournalism Intern The Outer Banks experiences constant challenges from shoreline erosion every year. With the continuation of coastal development, change in sea level rise, climate change, and intense storms, the configuration of our coast will change. Estuarine erosion is an obstacle that will proceed to impact coastal environments. We, humans, establish infrastructure …Read More

  • Coastal Studies Institute Assists with Night Sky Research in Mainland Dare County

    From the meditative h­­um of insects to the energetic swirls of wind and water, the nocturnal environment on the Outer Albemarle Peninsula (OAP) is a wild and beautiful frontier that remains relatively mysterious to scientists and citizens alike. In a quest to better understand the nocturnal environment and dark skies of the region, NC Land …Read More

  • 3rd Annual Dare County Science Fair Highlights Local Student Experiments

    On December 13, 2018, Dare County Youth Council and the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) hosted the Third Annual Dare County Science Fair at the Coastal Studies Institute. Students from elementary, middle, high schools and homeschools across Dare County were encouraged to compete for a chance to win cash prizes, a tablet, and qualification for the …Read More

  • CSI Seeks Volunteers for Community-led Trails Project on Roanoke Island

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is seeking community volunteers for the Roanoke Island Trails Program (RITP) starting with a kick-off meeting at CSI on January 15 at 5 pm. This program, which is being undertaken in partnership with AmeriCorps Conservation Trust for North Carolina,  is a community-led initiative focused on engaging residents and visitors with …Read More

  • Faculty Openings in ECU Department of Coastal Studies

    The Department of Coastal Studies in East Carolina University’s new Integrated Coastal Programs unit plans to hire a cohort of four scholars into tenure-track positions at its Outer Banks campus. These positions are part of a major ECU investment in research and teaching programs focused on ocean margins. We seek creative and rigorous scholars with …Read More

  • Outer Banks Field Site Students Present Capstone Research Project on December 13, 2018

    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 …Read More

  • Research Experiences of a High School Intern: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in the Currituck Sound

      CSI researchers revisit the Currituck Sound every 6 months in the Fall and Spring to continue their ongoing surveying. Over the course of two years, the CSI and ECU scientists goals’ have been recording the changes and distribution of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). SAV is imperative to coastal ecosystems because it provides critical habitat …Read More

  • ECU and CSI Anthropologist to Study Political Ecology of Small-Scale Fisheries Management in St. Croix

    Dr. Cynthia Grace-McCaskey, Anthropologist at ECU and the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) at the ECU Outer Banks Campus, was recently awarded funding for a mixed-method, multi-level analysis of small-scale fisheries management structures and networks. The work will build on her previous ethnographic research aimed at understanding how social differences and inequalities among fishers, managers, scientists, …Read More

  • Photo courtesy of NASA

    ECU and CSI Study Impacts of Hurricanes Florence and Michael

    A team of scientists from ECU and CSI have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant to study the impacts of Hurricanes Florence and Michael in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System (APES) and adjacent continental shelf. The team is led by Dr. Siddhartha Mitra, Associate Professor in the Department of Geological …Read More

  • Meet Julia Bachman: Science Journalism Intern at the Coastal Studies Institute

    Julia Bachman is a senior at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, and Science Journalism Intern with the Coastal Studies Institute at the ECU Outer Banks Campus. This is the first in a series of posts Julia will author to provide a first-hand glimpse into her research and outreach experiences at …Read More

  • Nags Head Elementary School 5th Graders attend Marine Technology Field Trip at the Coastal Studies Institute

    Nags Head Elementary School (NHES) 5th graders came rolling, buzzing, and plunging into the 2018-2019 school year as the first to experience the recently updated Marine Technology education program offered at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI). In this fast-paced and hands-on program, students rotated through a series of activities and challenges to demonstrate some of …Read More

  • CSI to Host “Science on the Sound” Lecture on Managing Wastewater on November 7, 2018

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is hosting a lecture on managing wastewater as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights information on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina. This month, the program will feature Lora Harris, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake …Read More

  • Five Local Seniors join the Coastal Studies Institute as Interns for 2018-2019 School Year

    Since 2014, the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) has engaged local students with sustained, real-world research experiences through the CSI high school internship program. The internship program is designed to provide students with practical and novel exposure to careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) fields, and add relevance to subject matter taught in the …Read More

  • "Road Work Ahead," 2017. Photo: Baxter Miller

    Coastal Studies Institute to host “Rising” Exhibit from October 10 through January 2019

    The Coastal Studies Institute at the ECU Outer Banks Campus (CSI) will host RISING exhibit beginning on October 10, kicking off with a 5 PM public reception and 6 PM community panel discussion as part of the “ Science on the Sound ” lecture series. “RISING: Perspectives of Change along the North Carolina Coast” is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research …Read More

  • ECU Offer Hurricane Florence Recovery Assistance

    ECU is offering assistance to those affected by Hurricane Florence.  The following website,  https://florencerecovery.ecu.edu/ , contains information on emergency resources, road closures, emergency shelters, and individual and business assistance requests.  Click on the image below to learn more.

  • Dr. Reide Corbett Named Coastal Studies Institute Director

    East Carolina University has named Dr. Reide Corbett as its new dean of integrated coastal programs and director of the Coastal Studies Institute.   Corbett, a Pirate since 2000, has served as head of CSI’s Coastal Processes Program since 2012. He has also served as chair of ECU’s Coastal Strategic Planning Committee, tasked with developing …Read More

  • Science on the Sound Lecture POSTPONED Due to Hurricane Florence

    The program originally scheduled for September 12 has been POSTPONED until September 26 due to Hurricane Florence. The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is hosting a lecture on the impacts of environmental change on coastal water resources as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights information on coastal topics and …Read More

  • ECU and CSI Faculty Member, Dr. Andy Keeler, co-Authors Article on Coastal Adaptations to Sea Level Rise

    ECU faculty member and CSI Public Policy and Coastal Sustainability Program Head, Dr. Andy Keeler, and research partners, Dr. Dylan McNamara (UNCW) and Dr. Jennifer Irish (Virginia Tech), recently released an article  in The Conversation that highlights findings from their work on coastal adaptation. The work combines economics, coastal geomorphology, and engineering to examine real estate market responses to …Read More

  • The 2018 UNC Institute for the Environment OBX Field Site students

    Coastal Studies Institute Hosts UNC Institute for the Environment Outer Banks Field Site for 12th Year

    After ten bustling weeks of coastal science summer camps, the classrooms and teaching labs at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) remain abuzz as CSI welcomes students to the UNC Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS) from August to December. Undergraduate students participating in the OBXFS spend their fall semester fully …Read More

  • CSI Partners with Dare County 4H to Provide Summer Science Workshop Series to Local Students

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) recently partnered with North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Dare County Center and Dare County 4H to develop and host a 3-part Estuarine Science Workshop Series as part of the Center’s “Summer Fun” youth programming. The series took place at the Coastal Studies Institute with monthly workshops in June, July and August. Each session built …Read More

  • From Shipwecks to Scuba & Science: Coastal Studies Institute Provides 14 Summer Day Camps in 2018 Season

    Summer is in full swing at the Coastal Studies Institute!  CSI is halfway through a fun-filled summer of educational and engaging camps with educational themes ranging from exploring estuaries to maritime archeology.  Over the course of the summer, CSI will host 14 weeks of day camps and serve over 170 local and visiting campers ages …Read More

  • Project Update: Installation of Experimental Shoreline Stabilization Sills at CSI Complete and Research Underway

    Scientists at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) recently worked with local contractor, Total Marine Services Inc, to install four 100’ breakwater sills in front of the CSI property as part of a shoreline stabilization project . The materials—633 tons of class C, or watermelon-sized, limestone riprap—were transported by barge from Wanchese …Read More

  • CSI & ECU Partner with WeatherFlow to Install Real-time Data Monitoring Platform at Coastal Studies Institute

    A new observational platform for collecting meteorological, water level, and water quality data was recently installed in the Albemarle Pamlico Estuarine System (APES) just off the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) campus. This new data collection station is the outcome of a public-private partnership between East Carolina University (ECU),  Coastal Studies Institute and WeatherFlow, a private …Read More

  • SAVE Currituck Sound Field Team

    Project Update: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Evaluation in Currituck Sound (SAVE Currituck Sound)

    Coastal Studies Institute scientists and research partners headed back to the Currituck Sound last week to complete field surveys and data collection as part of the ongoing research study called Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Evaluation in Currituck Sound (SAVE Currituck Sound). The two-year project , headed by CSI scientist Dr. Reide Corbett in collaboration with the Army …Read More

  • Staff Spotlight: Jeff Lewis, Horticultural Specialist

    Here at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold facility flanked on three sides by expansive estuarine shoreline and maritime habitat, sustainability plays a fundamental role in all operations. This commitment to sustainability is evidenced across CSI’s five research areas, educational programs, building design and construction features, and …Read More

  • Coastal Studies Institute to Host “Science on the Sound” Lecture About Holes on the Beach on May 24, 2018

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is hosting a lecture on various beach critters and the stories their holes tell as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights information on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina. This month, the program will feature Terri Kirby Hathaway, Marine Education Specialist with …Read More

  • First Flight High School Students Receive Award in National STEM Competition

    A team of local First Flight High School (FFHS) students, mentored by educators at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), recently competed in the 2017-2018 Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) ExploraVision national STEM competition. In this competition, students imagine and create an idea for a technology that will be developed 20 years in the future to …Read More

  • Coastal Studies Institute to Host “Science on the Sound” Lecture on Sustainable Gardening on April 26, 2018

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is hosting a lecture on sustainable gardening as part of its monthly “Science on the Sound” lecture series.  This series highlights research on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina and features researchers, scientists, engineers, and educators from the CSI and other partner institutions. This month’s program will feature Jeff Lewis, …Read More

  • CSI Installs Experimental Oyster Sill to Study Shoreline Stabilization

    Scientists at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), are preparing to construct and study a multiple oyster reef breakwater system. This shore protection design is a type of grey-green living shoreline, meaning that non-living, or “grey,” materials are used to encourage the development of a living, or “green,” system. …Read More

  • Coastal Studies Institute Hosts the 7th Annual North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium

    April 5th and 6th marked the 7th annual North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Project (NCROEP) Symposium at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) in Wanchese, NC. NCROEP is an ongoing partnership led by CSI in consort with the Colleges of Engineering at NC State University, NC A&T, UNC Charlotte, and East Carolina University that serves to …Read More

  • 2018 Coastal Studies Institute Summer Camp Registration Opens March 1st

    Registration begins March 1, 2018, for Coastal Studies Institute’s (CSI) 2018 Summer Camps.  CSI will offer fourteen summer experiences for 9-15 year old students between the dates of June 11 and August 10, 2018.  These day camps combine STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts with fun, hands-on activities to create an educational, exciting …Read More

  • Coastal Studies Institute Hosts 2nd Annual KidWind Challenge

    On Saturday, February 3, 2018, the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), in partnership with KidWind, Jennette’s Pier and Appalachian State University, hosted the 2nd Annual North Carolina KidWind Challenge at the CSI campus site in Wanchese, NorthCarolina. During the event, teams from eastern North Carolina showcased and tested the performance of their handcrafted wind turbines, and …Read More

  • Scientists Study Current Interactions at Cape Hatteras

    By Meghan Savona The waters off North Carolina’s Outer Banks are an extremely dynamic area. With colliding currents of varying origin, temperature, and salinity, the coast of Cape Hatteras is a hotspot for studying the way that different currents interact. “North Carolina is kind of like the Mason-Dixon line of physical oceanography,” researcher Mike Muglia …Read More

  • Coastal Studies Institute to Host Open House on January 20, 2018

    The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is hosting an Open House from 1-4pm on January 20, 2018, at the campus location in Wanchese, North Carolina. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend this free event. Attendees will be able to tour the campus and facilities, learn about current research and education programs, take part in …Read More

  • Video – Identifying the Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck

    Join Dr. Nathan Richards and graduate students from the ECU Program in Maritime Studies as they uncover the identity of the Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck!  

  • Outer Banks Field Site Students Present Capstone Research Project on December 14, 2017

    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 14, 2017 in room 262 at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute located at 850 Hwy 345 in Wanchese, NC. This presentation will highlight the natural and social science research undertaken by the students on …Read More

  • Researching Sargassum and Phytoplankton in the Gulf Stream

    By Meghan Savona, First Flight High School Intern With the possibility of harnessing energy from our oceans becoming an increasingly feasible idea, it’s important to look at how alternative energy development may affect other marine life and impact open ocean ecosystems. The North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) has identified the Gulf Stream as …Read More

  • Register for the 2018 Dare County Science Fair!

    Are you a student interested in science and a student in the Dare County School System?  Enter the 2017 Dare County Science fair! Compete in the 2nd Annual Dare County Science Fair, hosted by the Dare County Youth Council and UNC Coastal Studies Institute. The science fair will take place on January 10th, 2018 at 5:00 …Read More

  • How Technology is Bringing the Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck Back to the Surface

    by India Mackinson,  Intern, UNC Institute for the Environment, Outer Banks Field Site With each passing day, new technologies revolutionize yet another field or industry, and the Pappy’s Lane shipwreck project is no exception. While the research team did great work on mapping the wreck through snorkeling and meticulous recording, they got some help from another …Read More

  • UNC CSI Coastal Processes Program initiates new research project: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Evaluation in the Currituck Sound (SAVE Currituck Sound)

    By Meghan Savona, First Flight High School Intern Plants play an important role in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. Certain types of plants known as submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) are especially important in helping to sustain life within our local marine, estuarine, and riverine environments. These flowering vascular plants play a key ecological, physical, and …Read More

  • Refining the Identity of the Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck

    By India Mackinson, UNC CSI Intern The mystery of the Pappy’s Lane shipwreck in the Pamlico Sound near Rodanthe is one step closer to being solved. After mapping the site and dredging targeted areas during a month-long field school, Dr. Nathan Richards, head of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute Maritime Heritage Program, and nine East …Read More

  • Graduate Student Receives Fellowship to Study Invasive Phragmites

    Invasive species, such as the common reed Phragmites australis, pose significant threats to local ecosystems by outcompeting native flora and displacing indigenous habitat.  Recently, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences (UNC IMS) graduate student Mollie Yacano was selected to be a recipient of a North Carolina Sea Grant and Albemarle Pamlico Estuary Partnership joint fellowship to study Phragmites throughout the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System.  …Read More

  • Uncovering Clues to the Identity of the Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck

    By India Mackinson, Intern, UNC Institute for the Environment, Outer Banks Field Site. The Pappy’s Lane shipwreck was an enigma from the start. Going into the project, all Dr. Nathan Richards knew of the wreck was from limited oral history, leaving the name, the type of vessel, and the date of the wreck itself a …Read More

  • Five Fridays Lecture Series – Early Career Contributions in Coastal and Climate Science

    The Five Fridays Seminar Series: Early Career Contributions in Coastal and Climate Science features early career speakers who are visionaries in their respective fields of research and have published cutting edge papers. Their studies serve as templates for truly integrating natural and social sciences.  Since 2011, the five speakers have authored or co-authored 4 publications …Read More

  • Maritime Archaeological Drafting: The Science and Art of Shipwreck Recording

    By India Mackinson – UNC Institute for the Environment, Outer Banks Field Site With technology more accessible than ever before, it’s easy to forget the essentiality of pencil and paper, especially for maritime archaeology. Dr. Nathan Richards and nine East Carolina University graduate students have studied the Pappy’s Lane shipwreck in Rodanthe for two weeks, …Read More

  • Interdisciplinary Research and Interns on the Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck

    By Meghan Savona, First Flight High School Intern A maritime archaeology research project is currently underway in the Pamlico Sound off Rodanthe, NC. The shipwreck known as “Pappy’s Lane Wreck” is being studied because of its potential historical, archaeological, interpretive, and educational significance. While the identity of the Pappy’s Lane Wreck is currently unknown, it’s …Read More

  • Research Team Receives Funding to Study Adaptation on Barrier Islands and Coastal Areas

    Andy Keeler of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) and East Carolina University (ECU) is part of an interdisciplinary team that has been awarded a 4-year, 1.5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study adaptation on barrier islands and low-lying coastal areas.  The team consists of economists, geologists, and physical …Read More

  • UNC CSI High School Internship Program

    University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) established an internship program in 2014 to provide local high school students with real-world experiences in research and science.  These intensive experiences in Science, Technology, Education, Art, and Math (STEAM) careers provide relevance to subjects taught in school and foster students interest to pursue careers in …Read More

  • Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck Project

    PROJECT OVERVIEW With support from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), graduate students from East Carolina University’s Program in Maritime Studies (ECU) in partnership with the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), will investigate a shipwreck near the village of Rodanthe as part of a fall field school.  Known locally as “Pappy’s Lane Wreck”, the as-yet unidentified …Read More

  • Dr. Lindsay Dubbs Featured on Clean Energy Podcast “More Power to You”

    Dr. Lindsay Dubbs, Research Assistant Professor at UNC Chapel Hill and Research Associate at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, was recently featured on the new podcast, “More Power to You”.  The podcast is dedicated to a sustainable clean energy economy and is hosted by Josh Cohen, former mayor of Annapolis Maryland and former Deputy Administrator …Read More

  • Scientists Collect Data During Celestial Event

    Dr. Hong-Bing Su, Associate Professor in East Carolina University’s Geography Department, visited the UNC Coastal Studies Institute to collect meteorological data during the solar eclipse.  Su, along with four undergraduate students and one doctoral student from East Carolina, carried out in-situ ground-based and balloon borne radiosonde measurements prior, during, and after the eclipse. Teams in …Read More

  • Archaeological Surveys Within Wilmington East and West Wind Energy Areas

    Recently, the Advanced Media and Visualization Lab at UNC CSI assisted archaeologists from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA MNMS) with an archaeological survey of targets found within and adjacent to the Wilmington East and West Wind Energy areas.  Operating out of Southport, North Carolina, the team used …Read More

  • Estuaries, Art, Shipwrecks and Science: Summer Camps at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute

    Since early June, a new set of campers arrived each week at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) on Roanoke Island for summer day camp. Students ages 10-15 came to conduct experiments, explore estuaries, survey shipwrecks, or scuba dive in hands-on, educational and engaging summer camps. Each camp incorporated field experiences, like kayaking and snorkeling, …Read More

  • Oh là là!  UNC CSI Cultivates a Coastal Research Collaboration with France

    Today is Bastille Day in France, essentially the French equivalent of the 4th of July, and it provides an opportunity to reflect on UNC CSI’s international partnerships, specifically with our stylish friends across l’Océan Atlantique.  Just like most Americans, the French love sunshine, surf and seafood.  Because of its unique geologic history, France is surrounded …Read More

  • Dr. Michael Piehler Named Interim Executive Director of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute

    Effective July 1, 2017, Dr. Michael Piehler assumed the role of Interim Executive Director of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI).  Dr. Piehler has been an integral part of the growth and success of UNC CSI, serving as the Program Head for the Estuarine Ecology and Human Health research program since 2004.  Dr. Piehler …Read More

  • Outer Banks Woman’s Club Provides Scholarships for Manteo High School Students to Visit UNC CSI

    The Outer Banks Woman’s Club continues to support UNC CSI Education Programs through generous donations that provide scholarships for local students to visit UNC CSI.  Funding from the club covers transportation expenses and program fees, which can prohibit local schools from field trip experiences.  In past years the club’s donations have also supported students in …Read More

  • UNC Coastal Studies Institute and Dare County Youth Council Host Science Fair

        On May 31, 2017 the first ever Dare County Science Fair was organized and hosted by Dare County Youth Council in partnership with the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI). Students from high schools, middle schools and home schools across Dare County were encouraged to compete in a variety of science categories for …Read More

  • UNC CSI and Partners Release Satellite Tagged Sea Turtles to Track Dispersal and Habitat Use

    Researchers at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released juvenile and adult sea turtles into the Gulf Stream in partnership with the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island and the University of Central Florida (UCF). The project, led by Drs. Lindsay Dubbs (UNC CSI) and Larisa …Read More