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UNCW Coastal and Marine Sciences
Open House

RAIN OR SHINE | All ages welcome | No pets, please 

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
[details may be updated, please check back often]

Learn about UNCW’s coastal research and join us for informational outdoor displays & activities, food truck, tours, and more!

Open House Mini Seminars
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

All seminars are located in the Center for Marine Science Main Building Room 1109.
Each seminar is 15 minutes allowing time for Q&A session afterwards.

This is a special opportunity to attend a seminar led by one of UNCW's renowned marine and coastal science experts! 

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.         Spencer Rogers: Rip Current Safety and Research
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.           Scott Baker: Local Seafood: What, When and Where in N.C.
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.             Troy Alphin: An Ecologist Perspective on Shellfish Mariculture
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.             Dr. Ralph Mead: A Short History on Perfluorinated Compounds

CREST Campus Tours [Ages 12 and up, please]

11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Tours will begin every half hour and you can "pick your own path!" Select one (or more!) of the following tours, one per time slot:

    • The Shellfish Research Hatchery and CREST Dock Tour
      UNCW's Shellfish Research Hatchery conducts and facilitates significant research that contributes to North Carolina’s efforts to develop sustainable aquaculture by helping to restore populations of ecologically and commercially important shellfish. One focus is the breeding of oysters to develop varieties that will thrive in our coastal waters. Then take a scenic walk within the federally protected coastline down to the marsh to step out onto our dock. The dock houses our two main research vessels: the R/V Cape Fear and the R/V Seahawk. Enjoy the views, the breeze, research projects, and vessels.

    • The Center for Marine Science, Research Labs, and Operations Tour
      UNCW’s Center for Marine Science is the supporter of all things coastal and marine science spanning 11 departments. Indoor and outdoor labs supplied with running seawater provide space for students to perform studies in controlled environments for both short-term and long-term experiments. Our operations wing consists of our own machine and boat repair shop, the Coastal Ocean Research & Monitoring Program, the Undersea Vehicle Program, and a fleet of instruments that allow researchers to take oceanographic videos, photos, collect samples at great depths, and perform sample analysis. 

    • MARBIONC Tour
      MARBIONC (Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina) discovers, develops and markets new products and technologies derived from living organisms found in the sea. They accomplish this by identifying niche markets, assembling optimal teams and providing the necessary infrastructure to successfully bring products to market. They cultivate all of our organisms in the lab, nearly eliminating the need to harvest from our endangered oceans. This cultivation method provides a stable, consistent supply of renewable resources to our in-house scientists and R&D business partners. A unique blend of science, business, and academia all under one roof. 

Tour space is limited and first come first served (no registration required), so please check in upon arrival.

The first tour begins at 11 a.m. and the last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.

Two shuttles will run from the Burney Center circle every half hour starting at 10:30am.

Each tour lasts approximately one hour. 


Outdoor Displays & Activities begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.

Limited parking is available on site at 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane. Please carpool if possible.

Everyone is invited to join us, however we kindly ask that children be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

More information to follow. Keep up with CMS on Facebook and Instagram. We look forward to seeing you this fall!

Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by calling 910-962-2301 at least 5 days prior to the event.
UNCW is an EEO/AA institution.


dr. steve skrabal performs chemistry magica crab on display during CMS open house in 2016