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Message from the Executive Director

Dear Colleagues,

This issue of Coastal & Marine Science News features news and accomplishments from the month of February. Some of these achievements were recognized at the Researchers' Recognition Reception on February 19.

The work highlighted in this newsletter and at the Researchers’ Reception is evidence that CAS faculty continue to excel in teaching and research, overcoming the lingering challenges of last semester. UNCW’s coastal and marine science programs are stronger than ever because of the commitment and professionalism of outstanding faculty.

Please join me in congratulating the research award recipients, the new members of the James F. Merritt Million Dollar Club and the $10 Million Club inductees.

Research Leadership Award
Karl Ricanek, Department of Computer Science
Ann Pabst, Department of Biology and Marine Biology
Eman Ghoneim, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Wade Watanabe, CMS

James F. Merritt Million Dollar Club
Antje Almedia, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dylan McNamara, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography

$10 Million Club
Ann Pabst, Department of Biology and Marine Biology
William McLellan, Department of Biology and Marine Biology

- Aswani Volety

CMS & Partners

Remembering Dr. Marvin K. Moss

We received the sad news in January that Dr. Moss passed away. The road leading to the CREST Research Park, which now includes the CMS building, the Shellfish Research Hatchery and MARBIONC, was named Marvin K. Moss Lane in his honor. (more)

CMS Events: Save the Date!

The next Planet Ocean Seminar is on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the CMS Hodder Hall of Mentors (Auditorium, 1105). 

CMS Graduate Student Poster Session: April 30, 2019 at 4 PM in the CMS William S. Sission Hall of Exploration (lobby).


In the wake of Hurricane Florence MarineQuest visited 30 schools, reached 2,807 students and traveled 1640.8 miles with free hurricane themed programing. (more)

MarineQuest is hosting two Professional Development Workshops for students and volunteers of CMS! This is a FREE opportunity to learn from experts tips and tricks for success in the real world!

March 22, 2:30-3:30 PM : Speed Networking and Interview Skills with TED speaker, six-time author, and UNCW Director of Employee Leadership, Learning & Engagement Molly Nece.

April 5, 10:00-11:00 AM: Resume Skills with Career Development Counselor Charles Ozuna.

Stay tuned for more detailed information! Workshops will be taking place in the MarineQuest lab, room 1208. If you have questions, please contact Nina Sassano,

Outreach, Recognition & Other Notables

Eye on the Sparrow

Ray Danner (Biology & Marine Biology) received a grant to study wintering habits of coastal sparrows and the UNCW article highlighting this accomplishment was featured on the UNC system website. (more)

Satellite Spotted

SeaHawk-1 is now in the commissioning phase and it was positively identified on orbit. You can learn more here and track it’s exact position using the following link: (more)

Tweet That

Tricia Kelley (EOS) gave two outreach presentations to 80 second graders at Barrett Elementary School, Arlington, VA, on paleontology and prehistoric life on February 19, 2019. (more)

Song of the Whale

This month, Marine Mammal Passive acoustics and Spatial ecology (MAPS) project, funded by BOEM, completed its first of two research cruises about the RV Song of the Whale.

Ann Pabst, Bill McLellan, and students (BMB) had an article featured on the BOEM website on their related MAPS project work with sperm & beaked whales. (more)

Storm over the OceanicHurricane Impacts

Troy Alphin (BMB) talks with WECT about how Hurricane Florence negatively impacted the oyster industry. (more)

Flood Forecasting

Joe Long (Earth & Ocean Sciences) was featured in Scientific American discussing the need for change in the local flood forecasting process. (more)

White Lake

Peter Zamora (Earth & Ocean Sciences) was featured in a Bladen Journal article discussing the upcoming data on the water quality of White Lake. (more)

Marine Mammal Stranding Program

Ann Pabst (BMB) and team were busy helping with stranded marine mammals in February. Below are some articles featuring their efforts:

Dolphin washes up along Holden Beach coast. (more)

Beached dolphin washes away before UNCW could perform necropsy. (more)

Bill McLellan and Laura Murley (BMB) were highlighted in a UNCW that was featured on the UNC System website for their participation in the International Marine Mammal Project. (more)

Plastic Ocean Project (POP)

Bonnie Monteleone (CHM) and team clean up Pender County! (more)

Former Seahawks Soaring

Susanne Brander (BMB) and Bethany Decourten's work on chemical exposure influence on gene expression across generations in a coastal fish was featured in the Tunis Daily News. (more)