Tour, activities and more planned for Coastal Studies Institute open house

Published 11:49 am Friday, February 21, 2020

East Carolina University’s Integrated Coastal Programs and the Coastal Studies Institute are hosting an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 29 at the ECU Outer Banks Campus location in Wanchese.

The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend this free event.

Attendees will be able to tour the campus, grounds and facilities, learn about current research and education programs, take part in family-friendly activities and interact with faculty and staff from ECU, CSI and partners including North Carolina Sea Grant, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research. The LEED gold-certified ECU Outer Banks Campus is located at 850 NC 345 Highway, about one mile from the US 64 and NC 345 intersection.

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ECU’s Integrated Coastal Programs is a leader in coastal and marine research, education and engagement. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach and scientific advances to provide effective solutions to complex problems while helping coastal communities, ecosystems and economies thrive. The university’s program includes the newly formed transdisciplinary Department of Coastal Studies, a Ph.D. program in Integrated Coastal Sciences and the Coastal Studies Institute.

The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research partnership led by East Carolina University, in association with NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington and Elizabeth City State University. The institute focuses on integrated coastal research and education programming centered on responding to the needs, issues and topics of concern to the residents of eastern North Carolina.

The research and education initiatives span a variety of coastal topics from nearshore coastal estuaries to the offshore waters along the continental shelf. Visitors to the 2020 open house will learn about research initiatives first hand from faculty and staff stationed throughout the facility.

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