NC Sea Grant/NC WRRI Fund New Research Projects

October 28, 2014 | Rhett Register

North Carolina Sea Grant and the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina system jointly provide competitive funding for projects that explore current water resource and coastal issues in North Carolina. Three projects were chosen for funding in 2014.

Rhett Register, 919-515-1092,
John Fear, 919-515-9104,

2015 NC Coastal Policy Fellowship Accepting Applications

September 26, 2014 | Rhett Register

North Carolina Sea Grant and the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center are accepting applications for a fellowship opportunity for two North Carolina-based graduate students. This fellowship fosters research addressing a coastal policy issue within the state’s 20 coastal counties. Applications are due Nov. 26, 2014.

Rhett Register, 919-515-1092,
Lisa Schiavinato, 919-515-1895,

Dorton Named Coordinator for NC Sentinel Site Cooperative

September 26, 2014 | Katie Mosher

The North Carolina Sentinel Site Cooperative welcomes Jennifer Dorton as the new coordinator for the program that leverages existing research and monitoring resources to ensure resilient coastal communities and ecosystems in the face of changing conditions.

Contact: Jennifer Dorton, 910-962-2777

Schiavinato to Participate in Wilmington Coastal Energy Summit

September 19, 2014 | Katie Mosher

President Obama’s recent decision to open parts of the Atlantic to oil and gas exploration — along with advancements in the wind, nuclear, solar and biomass industries — has created numerous energy-related initiatives on North Carolina’s coast. On Oct. 9, the inaugural Coastal Energy Summit will bring together local, state and national leaders in the energy industry to talk about the opportunities, risks and timelines for these initiatives.

Lisa Schiavinato, 919-515-1895,
Rob Kaiser, Greater Wilmington Business Journal, 910-264-8955,

Coastal Expert to Discuss Hurricane Resistant Construction and Effects from Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program

September 18, 2014 | Katie Mosher

Spencer Rogers, coastal construction and erosion specialist with North Carolina Sea Grant, will speak at the N.C. Coastal Federation’s Fred and Alice Stanback Education Center in Wrightsville Beach on October 8 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. As an expert on coastal dynamics, Rogers will share N.C. Sea Grant’s recommendations for hurricane-resistant construction methods, and he will provide an update on the potential effects from changes to the National Flood Insurance Program on coastal residents’ premiums.

Contact: Ben Brink, 910-509-2838,