Verena Wang

Postdoctoral Scholar

Office: Room No. 330
850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981




Verena is a postdoc working with Dr. Jim Morley in the Marine Fisheries Ecology Lab.  Verena is originally from northern California, and prior to joining CSI, her research focused on southern flounder in the southeastern U.S. and larval deep sea fish in the Gulf of Mexico.  In her free time, Verena enjoys roaming the Outer Banks either via paddle or on two wheels.  


University of North Carolina Wilmington, Ph.D., Marine Biology, 2017

San Francisco State University, M.S., Conservation Biology, 2011

University of California Davis, B.S., Evolution and Ecology, 2004

Current Projects

Verena’s current research uses species distribution modeling to evaluate the role of species life history, including life-stage specific habitat requirements, connectivity, and climate exposure, in the vulnerability of marine fishes to changing ocean conditions.  

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.