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Center For Marine Science

Tift, Pearson Receive Marine Mammal Commission Grant 

Michael Tift, assistant professor of biology and marine biology, is the lead investigator on a nearly $60,000 grant from the Marine Mammal Commission to examine the physiological impact of climate change on crabeater seals. One of seven grants awarded from 84 proposals, this grant was co-written with UNCW Ph.D. student Anna Pearson, who will perform the bulk of the proposed research. 

Coral Researchers Receive Global CORDAP Grants

Four UNCW faculty will receive nearly $2 million to advance their research to help save the world’s endangered coral reefs. The Coral Research and Development Accelerator Platform (CORDAP), a global organization formed by 17 of the Group of Twenty (G20) nations, awarded UNCW two of 14 grants totaling $18 million to fast-track worldwide research and development for coral conservation and restoration.  

Discovery: Stranded Whale Ingested Balloon  

The UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program recently collaborated with marine mammal scientists, veterinarians and students from a variety of state institutions and agencies to study a Gervais’ beaked whale (Mesoplodon europaeus) that washed ashore, alive in Emerald Isle, NC on Oct. 30. The animal expired shortly after being on the beach, and scientists discovered the whale died from ingesting a plastic balloon. 

UNCW Studying Frying Pan Shoals as Possible Offshore Sand Source

Dr. Joe Long, director of UNC Wilmington's Coastal Engineering program, and UNCW researchers will take dozens of trips to Frying Pan Shoals to collect oceanographic measurements, biological samples and geological surveys that will help the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management understand the shoal ecology.

Impact Like No Other: UNCW Celebrates Its Research Leaders

The achievements, scholarly productivity and creative works of UNCW’s research leaders were formally applauded at the 16th annual research celebration on Sept. 28.

Hogfish Can “See” Using More Than Their Eyes 

A research breakthrough at UNCW and the Center for Marine Science suggests that some color-changing fish species may be able to "see" with their skin. Attracting global media attention within the scientific community, Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Biology Lorian Schweikert's findings were published in a new paper in Nature Communications on Aug. 22. 

A World of Marine Science

Interested in marine science? You’ve come to the right place. UNCW offers many degrees focusing on our oceans and coast. Even if your major isn’t in the sciences, you can choose studies that let you get your feet wet.

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