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Message from the Executive Director

Dear Colleagues,

As we clear the mid-point of the semester and (hopefully) head out of hurricane season, we can look back to where we were a year ago and be thankful that conditions at the CREST campus and on main campus are much better than they were and continuing to improve with time. That said, I want to remind everyone to remain vigilant, to keep safety plans up to date, and to continue to reach out to those who may still be struggling in the aftermath of Matthew, Florence, and Dorian.

I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to Lynn Leonard, Amelie Brogden, Martin Posey, Peter Schuhmann, Philippe Soudant, Wendy Strangman, Aswani Volety, Michael Wilhelm, and Thomas Williamson for their outstanding work on the Global Marine Science Summit. Everything from the line-up of speakers to the choice selection of 80’s music was a big hit. This year’s Summit also benefited from two pre-Summit events, the annual forum of the Cape Fear River Assembly hosted by Troy Alphin and a symposium on marine natural product drug discovery hosted by Thomas Williamson and Wendy Strangman. Both events brought additional participants and visibility to the Summit and were a big hit. We’re already starting to plan for our next Summit in 2021, so keep your eyes out for opportunities to participate.


Chris Finelli

CMS & Partners 

CMS Events: Save the Date!

The Global Marine Science Summit was a huge success! Thank you to everyone involved.

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.

The next installment of the interdisciplinary research seminar series on coastal community resiliency will be on November 19. At the October seminar, Spencer Rogers (NC Sea Grant) spoke about hurricane-resistant construction. (more)

Marine Quest

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

Outreach, Recognition & Other Notables

Global Marine Science Summit 2019

The second UNCW Global Marine Science Summit was held October 9-11th at the Center for Marine Science and was attended by nearly 200 registrants from 25 countries. The 2 ½ day event included a Pre-Summit Symposium on Marine Natural Products, Drug Discovery, and Harmful Algal Blooms (organized by Drs. Williamson and Strangman), an outstanding keynote address given by our own Dr. Joe Pawlik, and two full days of invited talks given by academic researchers, industry experts, agency representatives, and policymakers from around the globe. This year’s event also included more than 50 poster presentations given by international delegates, regional stakeholders, and UNCW faculty and students. Attendees also had the opportunity to informally share experiences and perspectives at the CMS Oyster Roast Welcome Social, the Chancellor’s Reception at the Kenan House, and during several special interest group meetings led by UNCW faculty.  Based on the feedback received, our guests were not only impressed by UNCW and the great working being done by our faculty, staff, and students but also are too keen to return in 2021. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s event possible! (more)

UNCW 2019 Global Marine Science Summit 

Scientific Illustrations

Melissa Smith (CMS) contributed illustrations to "Lessons In Mariculture," an online suite of free lesson plans for high school classrooms created by North Carolina Sea Grant educators and aquaculture specialists. (more

Students Soaring

Wilson Freshwater (CMS), J. Craig Bailey (BMB), graduate student Jason Campbell (BMB), and undergraduate students Remy Schnitzler (BMB) and Cathryn Miller (BMB), presented research at the 41st Annual Southeastern Phycological Colloquy in Birmingham, Alabama, 25-26 October 2019. UNCW’s footprint was very present at the meeting as it was attended by former graduate students Juan Lopez-Bautista (MS ’94) and Chuck and Maggie Amsler (MS ’83) and their cohorts of students, with the latter hosting the meeting. The CMS Underwater Vehicles program was also acknowledged at the meeting for their work with researchers from the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

Devon Eulie (EVS) and research students Mariko Polk (BMB), Kelsey Beachman (EVS), Veda Anglin (EVS), Mackenzie Taggart (MS), Julianna Tresca (EVS) helped host the 2019 Living Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop in Beaufort, NC, Oct. 8-9. They hosted field trip visits at living shoreline sites and moderated a session on advances in shoreline monitoring technology. (more)

Great Faculty

'Osku' Backstrom (EVS) was invited as a panelist at the Protect Our Coast Public Forum, held in Wilmington on October 2nd. Other panelists included representatives from Oceana, the Southern Environmental Law Center, Plastic Ocean Project and Cape Fear Solar Systems. The forum was well attended and included important government representatives like Senator Harper Peterson and Mayor Bill Saffo. It was hosted and organized by the Surfrider Foundation.

External Events of Interest

North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan public input meeting will be held on November 6th at 5:30 PM in the CMS Auditorium. As part of the plan’s approval process, this is an opportunity for the public (including UNCW faculty, staff, and students) to comment.

NC Coastal Conference on November 19-20 (NC Sea Grant). Panels, posters and lightning talks will highlight a wide range of perspectives on a number of topics, including resilient communities. (more)

Coastal Careers Workshop on November 18 honors Margaret Davidson. University students and early to mid-career professionals are invited to register for the workshop. The Coastal Society is partnering with NC Sea Grant to host the next Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Program. (more)