Illustration of invasive seagrass and services studied

Uncovering an Invader’s Multiple Roles:
Phragmites in the N.C. Coastal Reserves

May 9, 2017 | E-Ching Lee

Seth Theuerkauf, the 2015 coastal research fellow, explains how he assessed three marsh ecosystem services — carbon storage, shoreline stabilization and plant diversity — in areas with low, medium and high abundance of the invasive seagrass Phragmites australis.

View of water, boat and island.

It’s the Little Things: Searching for Fecal Microbes in Stormwater

May 5, 2017 | E-Ching Lee

Justin Hart is collecting data about the water that people use for recreation and to harvest seafood for his North Carolina Sea Grant-funded study. He wants to learn how contaminants washed in these waters might affect human health.

Glimpses from North Carolina’s Coastal Conference

April 17, 2017 | E-Ching Lee

North Carolina’s Coastal Conference provided an opportunity for those involved or interested in the state’s coastal issues to gather and learn about or discuss current topics. Get a glimpse of the event in this pictorial recap.

Juvenile crab seen under a microscope

Common Insecticide Found to Alter Crab Growth, Hormone Function

April 6, 2017 | E-Ching Lee

Andrew Goff and collaborators in Susanne Brander’s lab at the University of North Carolina Wilmington investigated how fipronil, an insecticide found in common flea treatments, and its byproducts can affect growth, survival rates and reproduction of juvenile crabs.

Seasonal Dreams and Delights

December 23, 2016 | E-Ching Lee

As seasonal songs abound, Danielle Keller — 2016 Coastal Research Fellow, supported by North Carolina Sea Grant and N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program, and a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences — turns her thoughts to seagrass and the fish that hide within. Join her as she explains her fellowship research and dreams of green grass beds.