CMS News


The Korea Polar Research Institute has offered Dr. Covi and his research group two places at King Sejong Station on King George Island, Antarctica. They will be at the station for one month, and will use it as a base for replacement of lake sediment and infauna that was lost during the Dobo Hall disaster. This very expensive logistics grant is an addition to a third year of funding from KOPRI. It costs between $500 and $1000 per day to support one researcher at the station, and they are providing space both for Dr. Covi and a graduate student, Katie Reed. The total estimated grant is in excess of $90,000 for 2019. (BMB)

Rother, M. “A Tree-Ring Based Study of Historical Wildland Fire Activity in North Carolina Longleaf Pine Savannas.” Cahill Award for Faculty Research and Development. $4874. (EVS)

Shiflett, S. “Resilience of barrier islands following catastrophic storm impact in southeastern North Carolina, USA.” Cahill Award for Faculty Research and Development. $5000. (EVS)

R. Danner. The Winter Population Biology of Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows in Southeastern North Carolina: Density, Abundance, Space Use, Survival, and Migratory Status; North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission; $234,479.00 (BMB)

Antje Almeida; Impact of Unsaturated Fatty Acids on S. aureus Membrane Properties; Illinois State University; $24,918.00 (CHM)

Michael Mallin; Water Quality and Illicit Discharge Investigations in Wilmington Watersheds 2015; NCSU Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI); $80,500.00 (CMS)

Joni Backstrom; RAPID: Assessment of Coastal & Offshore Change Due to Hurricane Florence: Wrightsville Beach, NC; National Science Foundation (NSF); $18,305.00 (EVS)

Martin Posey, Troy Alphin, Elizabeth Darrow, and Aswani Volety; Evaluation of Ecosystem Services Associated with Shellfish Culture Operations in Coastal Regions Served by the National Estuarine Research Reserve; University of Michigan (UMICH); $205,369.00 (BMB, CMS)

Joseph Long, Devon Eulie, Eman Ghoneim, Andrea Hawkes and Lynn Leonard; RAPID: The response and recovery of adjacent natural and built coastlines impacted by Hurricane Florence; National Science Foundation (NSF); $48,543.00 (EOS, EVS)

Ami Wilbur; The Shellfish Research Hatchery FY18-19; NCDENR Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); $500,000.00 (Shellfish Research Hatchery).

The Center for Marine Science Coastal and Marine Council recommended the following projects be awarded funding as 2018-2019 CMS Pilot Projects:

Hawkes, Andrea “Developing quantitative paleoearthquake deformation and paleotsunami reconstructions for northern Cascadia” (EOS)

Strangman, Wendy, “Microplastics as a vector for harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxins” MARBIONC)

Taylor, Alison and Julie Koester. “Developing novel Archaeal model systems to investigate the origin of ion channel-mediated signaling in marine protists” (BMB)


Roger Shew (Earth and Ocean Sciences) presented at the 2019 PK-12 STEM Education Conference at UNC Wilmington: “Global to Local Water Supplies, Quality, and Issues.”

Roger Shew (EOS) gave a presentation research on “Monitoring Studies on Venus Flytraps (Dionaea muscipula): Fire Management, Poaching, and Status”; in Raleigh.

Roger Shew (EOS) was featured in a WHQR episode on Impacts of a Proposed Sand Mine in the Castle Hayne Area and Comments to the NHC Planning Board.

Mike Mallin (CMS) presented “Swine and poultry industrialized production and its water pollution ramifications”. Biology and Marine Biology Seminar Series.

From Rich Satterlie (BMB): Alana Arnone was awarded the Best Poster award from the Division of Neurobiology, Neuroethology, and Sensory Biology at the recent SICB meeting. Poster title: Innervation of Wing Musculature by Modulatory Neurons in the Pteropod Mollusk Clione limacina.

Md. Shah Alam, Wade O. Watanabe and Patrick M. Carroll (Finfish Aquaculture Facility). 2018. Development of environmentally friendly, cost-effective and nutritionally balanced alternative protein based diets for high value marine fish culture in recirculating aquaculture system. 46th Scientific Symposium of the United States - Japan Natural Resources (UJNR) Aquaculture Panel: Marine Aquaculture in a Changing Environment. Funded by UJNR travel award.

Tricia Kelley (EOS); “Effects of environmental variation and sampling methods on the record of drilling predation on the gastropod Crepidula fornicata from Long Island, New York.” Geological Society of America.

Tricia Kelley (EOS) also presented the Clare Boothe Luce Women in Science lecture at Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY): “Why we need Conservation Paleobiology: Just ask Johnny Depp.”

Tricia Kelley (EOS) will be presenting two talks at Vanderbilt University: “Why we need Conservation Paleobiology: Just ask Johnny Depp” and “Women in Science: Look like a lady, act like a man, work like a dog?”


Polk, M.A. and D.O. Eulie. 2018. Effectiveness of Living Shorelines as an Erosion Control Method in North Carolina. Estuaries and Coasts. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-018-0439-y (EVS)

Kelley, P. 2018. Incorporating Research into Undergraduate Paleontology Courses: Or a Tale of 23,276 Mulinia (Elements of Paleontology). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108681643 [presented at the Paleontological Society Short Course) (EOS)

Cronin, K.E., G.P. Dietl, P.H. Kelley, and S.M. Edie. 2018. Lifespan bias explains live-dead discordance in abundance of two common bivalves. Paleobiology 44:783-797. (EOS)

Kelley PH, Dietl GP, Visaggi CC. Model for improved undergraduate training in translational conservation science. Conservation Science and Practice. 2019;e5. (EOS)

Scott Baker (CMS and North Carolina SeaGrant). 2018. North Carolina Saltwater Angler Education Needs and Information Delivery Preferences: Results of a 2017 Statewide Mail Survey. Project Final Report to NC Sea Grant. UNC-SG-18-14. 36pp. link.

Evans JS, López-Legentil S, Erwin PM. 2018. Comparing the efficacy of two common DNA extraction kits in the characterization of symbiotic microbial communities from ascidian tissue. Microbes and the Environment 33(4): 435-439 (BMB)

Riesgo A, Taboada S, Pérez-Portela R, Melis P, Xavier J, López-Legentil S. 2019. Genetic diversity, connectivity and gene flow along the distribution of the emblematic Atlanto-Mediterranean sponge Petrosia ficiformis (Haplosclerida, Demospongiae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 19:24 (BMB)

DeCourten, B. M., R. E. Connon, and S. M. Brander. 2019. Direct and indirect parental exposure to endocrine disruptors and elevated temperature influences gene expression across generations in a euryhaline model fish. PeerJ 7:e6156. (BMB)

Allen, L., Holland, K. K., Holland, H., Nabaala, M., Seno, S., & Nampushi, J. 2018. Expanding Staff Voice in Protected Area Management Effectiveness Assessments within Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. Environmental management, 1-14. (EVS)

Watanabe, W.O., Alam, Md. Shah, Patrick M. Carroll, Harry V. Daniels*, and Jeffrey M. Hinshaw*. 2019. Marine Finfish Aquaculture.  Chapter 20 (p. 437-482): In: Aquaculture: Farming Aquatic Animals and Plants, 3rd Edition. (J..S. Lucas, P.C. Southgate, and C.M. Tucker, Eds.). Wiley-Blackwell.  (Finfish Aquaculture Facility, *NCSU Dept. of Applied Ecology)

The MACRL group (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has had a manuscript accepted by the Nature Partner Journal npj Climate and Atmospheric Science. This in press article reports results from a seven year study of ethanol in rainwater and air. A four-fold increase in ethanol in both rainwater and air has been observed between 2010 and 2017 in Wilmington, NC, primarily because of increased use of ethanol as an automotive biofuel. The observed increase is much greater than model predictions.

Joan D. Willey, G. Brooks Avery, J. David Felix, Robert J. Kieber, Ralph N. Mead and Megumi S. Shimizu "Rapidly increasing ethanol concentrations in rainwater and air".

Menezes, S. Branco, M.C. Miotto, C. Alves-de-Souza. 2018. The Genus Alexandrium (Dinophyceae, Dinophyta) in Brazilian Coastal Waters. Frontiers in Marine Science (MARBIONC)

M. Fribley, .Y Xi, C. Makris, C. Alves-de-Souza, R. York, C. Tomas, J. L. C. Wright, and W. K. Strangman. 2019. ACS Med. Chem. Lett. 10,2 175-179 (MARBIONC)

Julia M Diaz, Sydney Plummer, Carmelo Tomas, Catharina Alves-de-Souza. 2018. Production of extracellular superoxide and hydrogen peroxide by five marine species of harmful bloom-forming algae. J. Plankton Research. 40: 667-677. (MARBIONC)