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Institute of Marine Sciences

Restore the IMS shore: Part II

The project involves planting a saltmarsh and an oyster reef.  The first step was applying for a CAMA permit because we need to distribute oyster-shell cultch near the shoreline.  We anticipate that oyster larvae will settle on the shell and a … Continue reading

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Restore the IMS shore: Part I

Why does the IMS shoreline need to be restored?  Because… 1) It currently looks like this:   2) We are supposed to be stewards of the coast and we are not setting a good example with our rip-rap revetment. 3) … Continue reading

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Oyster reefs have the potential to grow 11 cm/yr…that’s rapid!

Inter-tidal reefs grow so quickly, they should be able to keep up with any future rate of sea-level rise.  That’s good news because in the lower parts of estuaries oyster reefs need to maintain an intertidal elevation to thrive and … Continue reading

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Beware: measuring beach erosion with 2-D profiles can yield spurious results

Why is Ethan so happy?  Well, he just published a new paper in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms entitled, “Evaluating proxies for estimating subaerial beach volume change across increasing time scales and various morphologies“.  In the paper, Ethan critically evaluates … Continue reading

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Where do coastlines stabilize following rapid retreat?

Bayhead deltas are located where rivers flow into estuaries.  They have broad low-elevation plains that are sensitive to small increases in the rate of sea-level rise.  In the past, when sea level was rising at a rate of 1 m … Continue reading

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Inspiring students work with teachers

Ethan and Justin created SciREN, the Scientific Research and Education Network, to establish a forum through which scientists can efficiently provide teachers scientific resources for the classroom.  The first event was held at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium in April … Continue reading

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Floodplain sediment storage

Anna Jalowska has been monitoring sediment storage on the Roanoke River floodplain for about three years.  She has deployed feldspar marker beds and water-level loggers from the mouth of the river near Albemarle Sound to about 15 km up river … Continue reading

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Justin Ridge selected for NCSG and NCCR’s coastal research fellowship

Justin Ridge just learned that he was awarded a North Carolina Sea Grant and N.C. Coastal Reserve’s Coastal Research Fellowship for his proposal entitled: LANDSCAPE CONNECTIVITY INFLUENCES GROWTH AND ACCRETION IN TEMPERATE BIOGENIC REEFS AND ADJACENT SALT MARSHES.  The fellowship … Continue reading

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Teacher workshop focused on intertidal habitats

We are taking applications from middle and high school science teachers to participate in a workshop at IMS in the Spring of 2014.  The goal is to create lesson plans using data-rich movies of intertidal habitats with emphasis on fish … Continue reading

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Oyster-reef bit airs on Quest, The Science of Sustainability

Back in July we spent the day with David Huppert, who was producing a video story on oyster-reef restoration for the PBS show Quest.  He tagged along with us while we collected some laser-scanning data from a natural reef near … Continue reading

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