About Us

About Us

Contact Storm Surge Protectors by emailing the Coastal Citizen Science Ambassador (

Storm Surge Protectors is a UNCW MarineQuest citizen science project whose aim is to collect a long-term data set to help determine the ecological condition of coastal wetlands in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, North Carolina. Community citizen scientists will collect observational data through ongoing monitoring at local coastal wetlands.

UNCW MarineQuest will use the data collected by Storm Surge Protectors to make future recommendations for potential restoration sites and build environmental education materials demonstrating the connection between a healthy coastal wetland and a storm-resilient coast.

Storm Surge Protectors is partnering with Fort Fisher State Park and Carolina Beach State Park as official Storm Surge Protectors assessment sites. The data that will be collected by Storm Surge Protectors will be available to the parks to help support future restoration projects. Additionally, this research can show how the wetlands are shifting through time and help with future land management practices.

Katie SullivanKatie Sullivan, AmeriCorps Coastal Citizen Science Ambassador

Katie comes to us from California where she worked at the Aquarium of the Pacific focusing on marine debris and sustainable fisheries. In that capacity she built relationships with students, community members, and small businesses to identify strategies that reduce our demand on natural resources. Growing up on the East Coast, Katie is thrilled to be studying the ocean that first inspired her love of marine science. She has spent the summer working alongside former Coastal Citizen Science Ambassador Jade Woll and is excited to continue to carry out this important work.