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September 8, 2022 | Dave Shaw

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Cayla Cothron,;
Sarah Spiegler,; or John Fear,

North Carolina Sea Grant has launched its second Coastal Resilience Team Competition. The program will provide up to $20,000 for one or more student teams to conduct two-year projects that will lead to more resilient habitats and communities on the North Carolina coastal plain.

“This fellowship opportunity builds off the previous great work of graduate students who have focused on the impacts of sea level rise in North Carolina,” says Sarah Spiegler, North Carolina Sea Grant’s coastal resilience specialist. “It’s vital that we continue research that addresses how to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and I look forward to a student-led team taking on this challenge.”

Each team will include two to four members, including at least one graduate student who will serve as the project lead, and at least one undergraduate. North Carolina Sea Grant strongly encourages proposals from teams that include students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and at Minority Serving Institutions, and/or students from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities.

Each team will conduct research that addresses resilience in one or more of these areas:

Ecosystem Resilience

 Community Resilience

Economic Resilience

Additional research topics that relate to these three focus areas will be considered.

Each winning team will present their findings to North Carolina Sea Grant’s advisory board. Sea Grant’s science communicators also will collaborate with the winners to inform specialized and lay audiences about the research.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2022. For more information, access the full Request for Proposals.


Read about last year’s winners here.




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