Coastal & Marine Sciences

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Faculty scholars and student researchers in UNCW’s coastal and marine sciences programs conduct research of regional and global significance, including the effects of rising ocean waters and the continuous movement of shorelines, water quality, natural resource management, marine mammal strandings, sustainable sheries, biotechnology, aquaculture and basic science understanding of oceans.

They contribute their knowledge to coastal management agencies and regional partnerships, and share expertise with colleagues around the world through their participation in national and international professional organizations and research partnerships. Specialized facilities and labs on the main UNCW campus and at CREST Research Park are tailored to support research in the basic understanding of oceans, sheries, aquaculture, marine life studies, water quality, coastal habitats, oceanography, geology and biotechnology