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On The Edge Of Discovery

June 9, 2021

Carolina alumna Stacy Zhang first got her feet wet in marine ecology as an undergrad. Now a postdoctoral researcher with the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, she is on the frontlines of helping navigate challenges facing North Carolina’s coast.

Marine to Marine Scientist

May 14, 2021

Graduating master’s student Jonathan Lucas traded his military fatigues and boots for wetsuits and waders to return to school and earn a graduate degree in marine sciences at UNC. During his time here, he worked on oyster reefs and coastline … Continued

Reducing Carbon Footprint With Oysters and Marsh Grass

April 30, 2021

When it comes to helping in the fight against climate change, reducing your carbon footprint is a regularly suggested tactic. By burying carbon deposits into the sediment of a saltmarsh created by researchers, a project at the UNC Institute for Marine … Continued

Using Wastewater to Detect, Learn More About COVID-19

January 4, 2021

North Carolina is one of just eight states that is funneling its wastewater data to the federal government to track coronavirus. Leading the charge for N.C. is UNC marine scientist Rachel Noble, who launched a wastewater surveillance system last year to help public officials detect and understand COVID-19 in their communities.

Hurricanes, Storm Surge, and Coastal Resilience

October 22, 2020

Learn more about hurricanes, storm surge, and coastal resilience from the Director of UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, Rick Luettich in the latest edition of the Water Loop podcast.

Algal Blooms Pose Possible Respiratory Threat

July 29, 2020

Toxic blue-green algae has long proven to be harmful to the environment, human and animal health. While many studies examine the effects of ingestion or skin contact, PhD student Haley Plaas looks at a different angle: aerosol.

More Heat, Floods & Storms in N.C.’s Future

March 12, 2020

The 2020 North Carolina Climate Science Report — compiled by a mix of state researchers including those from UNC — details how temperatures, precipitation, and flooding will increase as heat-trapping greenhouse gas concentrations rise.

A Solution for Seagrass

September 17, 2019

Seagrasses support marine life, stabilize sandy shoals, clear pathogens from the water, and capture carbon. So what happens if they disappear? A team at the Institute of Marine Sciences has developed an innovative solution to prevent that.