CMS News

CMS News

Message from the Executive Director

Dear Colleagues,

As we head deeper into the fall semester, it is time to turn our attention to several exciting happenings on the marine science campus. Most notably, this week we’ll be hosting eminent marine scientists from across the country and around the globe for our second Global Marine Summit. This year’s summit focuses on blue economy themes: mariculture, biotechnology, resource management, and ocean observing. We’ll also have two associated pre-summit events highlighting drug discovery and the Cape Fear watershed. On October 29 CMS will host Spencer Rogers of NC Sea Grant for the 2nd installment of the Coastal Community Resiliency research seminar series.

We also want to congratulate members of the marine science community who were recognized recently for excellence in teaching, research, and service.  Brian Arbogast (Biology and Marine Biology) was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Professorship; Steve Kinsey (Biology and Marine Biology) received the Graduate Mentor of the Year award; Carolina Priester (Biology and Marine Biology) and Elizabeth Walters (Chemistry and Biochemistry) were named Lecturers of the Year; Jeremy Morgan (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence; and Martin Posey (Biology and Marine Biology) received the Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and  Public Service Award. 

Best wishes,

Chris Finelli

CMS & Partners 

CMS Events: Save the Date!

We wanted to say a huge "thank you" to everyone who made our CMS Open House possible! It was a huge success, and we were thrilled to host so many visitors on our campus. (See more details below) 

Global Marine Science Summit is October 9-11.

The next installment of the interdisciplinary research seminar series on coastal community resiliency will be on October 29. Spencer Rogers (NC Sea Grant) will be speaking about "Hurricane Resistant Construction: Fact or Fiction? (and how to get your insurance company to help pay for it)." The first seminar received a ton of attention from our local media. (more)

The next CMS Planet Ocean Seminar is planned for November 12 where Dr. Paul Hosier (UNCW, Professor Emeritus) will be presenting and doing a book signing for his publication Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas: A New Guide for Plant Identification and Use in the Coastal Landscape.

Marine Quest

Morgan Walker is MarineQuest’s new Program Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator! She comes back to UNCW after spending the last 4 years at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys. We are excited to have her join our team. 

Katie Sullivan joined the MarineQuest team this past month as our AmeriCorps member. Check out her project! (more)

This fall we will be hosting a new series of weekend programs called FAMS (Family Adventures in Marine Science).  Our first installment will be October 26.  To learn more check out our website.

Outreach, Recognition & Other Notables

New Species

A new species described by UNCW undergraduate student Karen Woodworth (’19), Thomas Frankovich of FIU, and DW Freshwater (UNCW-CMS) [see new publications list] was honored as ‘Alga of the Week’ on ‘AlgaeBase’ the global algal database. (more

Students Soaring

UNCW Coral Reef Lab.Belize 2019.Nicole Fogarty students(left) Dr. Fogarty and BMB graduate students, Kory Enneking, Sharla Sugierski, and Bryce Corbett traveled to Belize to conduct NSF funded research on how climate change will affect the earliest life history stages of threatened acroporid corals and their hybrid.

Graduate student, Kyle Woodward (EOS), has been awarded a highly competitive research fellowship funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to document changes in vegetation in parts of southern Africa. (more)

UNCW senior, Julianna Tresca (BMB), is one of seven students selected as a Rachel Carson Campus Fellow. (more) 

Storm Observations

CMS was the host for the first seminar of the new UNCW interdisciplinary research seminar series! This inaugural seminar on coastal resiliency takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the questions about past and future storms and our responses to them. Dylan McNamara, Chair of the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, and David Gessner, Chair of Creative Writing, hosted Tancred Miller, who works directly with Governor Roy Cooper on resiliency and adaptation issues as North Carolina’s Coastal & Ocean Policy Manager for the Division of Coastal Management.  

Great Faculty

Martin Posey has been appointed to the following statewide committees: Shellfish and Crustacean Fisheries Advisory Committee (Vice-Chair); Habitat and Water Quality Advisory Committee (Vice Chair); Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Steering Committee; and the WRC/MFC Joint Committee on Delineation of Fishing Waters.

In The News

Heather Koopman, Hillary Glandon, and Alyson Fleming (all BMB) were interviewed for the National Geographic article "Melting ice may be a boon for some Arctic whales—then a bust." (more)

CMS Open House Highlights

The estimated attendance for the CMS Open House on September 28 was around 400 attendees who explored our campus, participated in fun science activities, and learned about each department we support!

UNCW CMS Open House 2019 Photo Collage