Each fall for more than a decade, undergraduates have relocated to the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) and UNC Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) to participate in the field sites in Morehead City and Wanchese, NC. Among the five classes at each field site is ENEC 698, a Capstone course in which students design, conduct, and present an original research project targeted toward a significant coastal issue. Capstone projects at the coastal field sites prepare students through an immersive experience in field and laboratory research.
Chris Hakkenberg, a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, has been awarded a three-year NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) for his dissertation project entitled: “Understanding the Impact of Land Cover/Land Use Change on Plant Diversity: Scaling from Plots to Landscapes Using Multi-Platform Remote Sensing”.
Danielle Keller, a graduate student in the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue her studies under the direction of her faculty advisor, Dr. F. Joel Fodrie.
Both state and federal policymakers and managers are using doctoral student Rachel Gittman's dissertation research as they address coastal management challenges. “The policy implications of her rigorous and inspired research on how to minimize loss of coastal marsh ecosystem services are wide-reaching and highly significant," said co-adviser Charles Peterson, Ph.D.