North Carolina Sea Grant

May 10, 2018 | Marisa Incremona


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North Carolina Sea Grant’s core research projects for 2018–2020 will apply innovative approaches to coastal issues. Research teams across the state are starting new projects looking at topics including hurricane recovery, oyster reefs and aquaculture, coastal communities, saltmarsh conservation and science literacy.

“We are looking forward to how these inventive studies will examine various real-world needs along our coast,” notes Susan White, Sea Grant executive director. “These two-year projects are considered our core research to complement the organization’s major focus areas.”

Funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the National Sea Grant College Program, along with state funding through the University of North Carolina system. Each project also includes matching funds from the respective university.

The new projects include researchers from five universities in the state, including: East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington and Duke University.

Four of the projects feature collaborations with researchers at other N.C. universities, or other partners, such as from the NOAA lab in Beaufort, N.C., and Stanford University in California. Eight of the projects include student support/training opportunities.

The following list of the core projects, which will run through early 2020, cites the lead investigator, as well as other participants.

During the research period, watch for updates on the studies via North Carolina Sea Grant’s social media feeds on Twitter and Facebook, as well in the Coastwatch Currents blog at, and in Coastwatch magazine,


North Carolina Sea Grant: Your link to research and resources for a healthier coast

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