Earth and Ocean Sciences

Faculty & Student News


Posted 9/16/19

Drones for Environmental Research - Dr. Narcisa Pricope and UNCW's SEAL lab featured in a senseFly Waypoint blog post


Posted 9/11/19

Are Hurricanes Getting More Intense? Spectrum News interview with Dr. Narcisa Pricope


Posted 3/6/19


Congratulations to Dr. Eman Ghoneim who recently received three awards: The 2018-UNCW Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award, the most prestigious award conferred at UNCW; The 2018-UNCW Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award for a faculty member who has made a profound contribution to higher education through their dedication and service to students, and the UNCW-2018 Research Leadership Award. Related News: Annual Faculty Awards, Achievement in Research Funding

August 2018: UNCW has received a prestigious external accreditation from the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to offer both an undergraduate and graduate certificate in geospatial intelligence starting this fall. (More Information)   EdScoop Feature Story  


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July 2018: EOS hosted four international visiting scholars from the Faculty of Geoinformatics, Future University in Sudan.  The scholars spent 2 weeks at the Remote Sensing Research Lab to conduct research training on the methods and techinques for groundwater exploration in dry regions.


May 2018: Dr. Joanne Halls received funding from the NC SeaGrant community collaborations program for the project: Assessment of Flood Risk and Simulations of Wetland Change in Pender County, N.C. More Information Media-Star News


Posted 3/21/18

Graduate students Sarah Chahin and Jessica Magolan are recent winners of the 2018 AAG Applied Geography Specialty Group Student Research Fellowship Competition.

Master Research Fellows

  • Sarah Chahin, University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, "Modeling Changes in Coastal Geomorphology at North Carolina's Barrier Islands." Advisor: Joanne N. Halls
  • Jessica Magolan, University of North Carolina Wilmington Dept of Earth and Ocean Sciences, "Mapping the transition from freshwater marshes to saltwater marshes using GIS and remote sensing." Advisor: Dr. Joanne N. Halls

Posted 11/11/2017


Dr. Eman Ghoneim was recently selected among the USA women leaders team at the International Kuwait women’s empowerment STEM summit that was held under the patronage of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. This International Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM) conference was hosted in the State of Kuwait on 23-25 October, 2017 by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS). This conference aimed to celebrate accomplished international women role models from 6 continents; sharing success stories and strategies to inspire the next generation of women and maximize the potential of a STEM education. Among the attendees were some of the most notable women scientists whose contributions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics created a great impact on their fields locally and globally. Event link:

Posted 9/12/2017


Congratulations to Roger Shew on his receipt of the 2017 UNCW Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award

Posted 8/29/17

Fieldwork video from The Socio-Environmental Analysis Lab led by Dr. Narcisa Pricope in Namibia and Botswana, Southern Africa Summer 2017.  Video

Posted 8/23/2017

Eclipse Viewing 

Eclipse Viewing

Students take break from classes to watch eclipse on Deloach Patio.

Posted 8/23/17

Cape Fear River Water: Q&A with Mr. Roger Shew

Mr. Roger Shew has composed a question and answer in response to many questions he has either been asked or seen in the media. The information provided, not only answers questions, but provides resources where the answers are more in depth and further research can be conducted. Mr. Shew has also prepared a shortened, summary version of the document, available here.

Posted 7/28/2017


Kerry Mapes, MS Geoscience candidate, receives prestigious Ahuja fellowship.  "Being nominated for and being awarded the Ahuja Fellowship is such an honor for me.  All the support I have received since I began at UNCW has enabled me to connect with so many other people who share one vision and one goal of protecting our precious water resources.  My specific purpose is to increase unbiased, scientific research that ultimately leads to improvements in water quality so our children have a future with a clean, secure water source." - Kerry Mapes

Posted 7/10/2017

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Dr. Michael Benedetti's recent NSF proposal was funded for studying Neanderthal extinction and environmental change at Lapa do Picareiro, Portugal. The award to UNCW (3 years, $95,322) supports faculty and student assistants in archaeological excavation of a Paleolithic cave site, and laboratory studies focused on understanding the development of the surrounding landscape. The UNCW team works alongside other project participants from University of Louisville, University of Algarve (Portugal), and University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic). This is our third NSF award for geoarchaeology in Portugal.  Abstract

Posted 6/22/2017

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Undergraduate students complete Geology Field Course 2017.  Image from Jemez Mountain, Cuba, New Mexico.

Posted 5/1/2017

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Dr. Eman Ghoneim receives 2017 UNCW Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award. "The purpose of this award is to recognize all aspects of excellence in teaching and in teaching-related activities that foster students' desire for lifetime learning and success." 

Posted 2/28/2017


9th grade New Hanover High School student Parker Spencer placed third in New Hanover County Science Fair’s environmental category for his concept on capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and converting it to sustainable energy. During project development, Parker met with EOS graduate student Derek Detweiler to discuss real-world scientific and economic implications in order to produce a truly interdisciplinary, relevant, and impactful concept. Congratulations, Parker!

Posted 1/3/2017

Dr. Scott Nooner receives media attention for his recent research on the Axial Seamount

  • National Geographic Underwater Volcano Offers Rare Look at Eruption in Real Time (article)
  • Popular Science Scientists watch an undersea volcano shake, rattle, and inflate (article)
  • Live Science 'Mic'd Up' Underwater Volcano Offers Unique Glimpse of Submarine Eruptions (article)

Posted 12/16/2016

Dr. Scott Nooner publishes his recent research on the Axial Seamount in Science Magazine 

  • Inflation-predictable behavior and co-eruption deformation at Axial Seamount Science (more)
  • Underwater network gives scientists a rare glimpse into deep-sea volcanoes  Science (more)
  • American Geophysical Union FM16 Press Conference: First results from Axial Seamount, an active underwater volcano  (video) (slides)
  • Sensor Deployment (video)

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Posted 11/18/2016

Three EOS undergraduate students, Sydney Bohn, Evan Hill and Derek Detwelier  were recently published in Explorations: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for the State of North Carolina

Sydney Bohn and Evan Hill, Faculty Advisor Dr. Narcisa Pricope
Sea Level Rise Hazard Assessment for New Hanover County, North Carolina (pdf)

Derek Detwelier, Faculty Advisor Dr. Ai Ning Loh
An in situ study of seasonal dissolved organic carbon and nutrient fluxes from a Spartina alterniflora salt marsh in North Carolina, USA (pdf)

Explorations is the only state undergraduate journal that features work from both public and private colleges and universities. It celebrates the ingenuity, creativity and engaged learning being undertaken by undergraduates throughout the state.  Volume XI of Explorations features one creative work and sixteen research articles, including one in French. Topics range from engineering to history, from marine science to social sciences. Articles were selected from 24 submissions from students at twelve different colleges and universities in North Carolina.  Each submission was reviewed by two to three volunteer faculty reviewers from across the state. The final volume represents the work of 26 students and 16 faculty mentors at eleven colleges and universities.  Explorations is housed and published at UNC Wilmington. In addition a print publication, there is also a website for the journal at  This site houses an archive as well as featuring the current issue.

Posted 11/1/2016


Left to Right: Randy Bechtel, Awards Coordinator, NC Geological Survey;
Roger Shew 2016 NC Outstanding Earth Science Educator Award Winner.

UNC-Wilmington lecturer Roger Shew has been recognized as North Carolina’s Outstanding Earth Science Educator for 2016. The award was presented Oct. 20 at the annual N.C. Science Teachers Association Professional Development Institute in Greensboro. Nominees for the award are judged on their teaching ability, inventiveness, initiative, strengths and community involvement. In selecting Shew as the winner, judges noted his exceptional ability to communicate science-based information to a wide variety of audiences, including K-12 students, educators, community organizations and college students.

The annual award is sponsored by the N.C. Geological Survey, the Carolina Section of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, the N.C. Aggregates Association and the Carolinas Section of the Society for Mining and Metallurgical Exploration. For more information, please contact Randy Bechtel 919-707-9204 or

Posted 10/28/2016

Dr. Eman Ghoneim served on “The Arab Golden Age: Why Then; Why Not Now?” panel at Boston University (more)

Posted 9/15/2016

Audrey Taylor, B.A. Geography candidate, was selected as one of four Portz Scholars in the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) competition for outstanding undergraduate Honors paper. Her paper, Molecular and Isotopic Proxies of Mid-Holocene Hydroclimate and Paleoenvironmental Change in a Coastal Wetland: Praia Rei Cortiço, Portugal, was advised by Dr. Mike Benedetti and her laboratory work was completed under the supervision of Dr. Chad Lane at the Center for Marine Science. She will present her thesis research and accept the award at the October conference of the NCHC in Seattle, WA. Audrey is also the recipient of a NOAA Hollings Scholarship, and a UNCW Board of Visitors Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

2016 Portz Scholars            Audrey's UNCW Applied Learning Gallery profile

Posted 2/20/2016
Dr. Doug Gamble won the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers' (SEDAAG) 2015 Outstanding Service Award. SEDAAG is a regional subdivision of the Association of American Geographers, representing approximately 500 members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Established in 1947, SEDAAG exists to advance investigations in geography and to encourage the application of geographic findings in education, government, and business. The SEDAAG Outstanding Service Award recognizes (1) Evidence of exceptional professional commitment to geography at any level, including service to professional organizations; colleges and universities; primary and secondary education; local, state, or national government; private business and industry; (2) Examples of worthy contributions include but are not limited to appointed or elected professional offices, journal editorships, professional organization committees, speaking or otherwise providing leadership in a variety of public forums, and publication in the popular press. Dr. Gamble has been a member of SEDAAG since 1991, having attended over 20 annual meetings, published in the Southeastern Geographer (SEDAAG's journal) and served on its editorial board, elected North Carolina State Representative, Secretary, Regional Councilor, President, and Past President, and won the 2009 SEDAAG Excellence in Teaching Award.

Past News

Sigma Gamma Epsilon - Theta Kappa Chapter inducts founding members (more)

Dr. Patricia Kelley was recently recognized with the nation's highest undergraduate teaching honor. 

Joining Forces to Help Troubled Creeks, Collaborative rain garden construction featuring Roger Shew 

Archived Faculty & Student News