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IE 2018 Field Trip to Cheeseman Inlet

This post is to help the IE 2018 class prepare for their first exam.  It’s been a tough semester filled with large storms, evacuations, and modifications.  I thought this information would be helpful because when classes are on a field … Continue reading

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Backpack Vibracore

We have a project looking at salt-marsh trangression and some of our site locations are composed of wide fringing salt marsh; difficult to access.  Our new favorite coring device is the backpack vibracorer.  I don’t think we could have collected … Continue reading

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East meets West

The past two days we have been field tripping with Chuck Nittrouer’s class from the University of Washington.  They are a great group of students, post-docs and visiting professors all smart, personable, and fun to be around.  Emily Eidam, Nittrouer … Continue reading

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Spring Semester 2018

It’s been a fun spring semester.  Brent McKee and I have been leading two seminar classes at Chapel Hill.  One looks at sediment accretion in North American estuaries across the Anthropocene and the other is more broad, titled Frontiers in … Continue reading

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Coastal Geology Club

We don’t have an official Coastal Geology Club at IMS, but during our open house in Oct. 2017 there was a lot of interest in starting one.  People from all over eastern Morehead City were enthusiastic about making ID cards and … Continue reading

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Salt marsh transgression by Carson Miller

Methods, methods, methods was the key focus this summer for my project. My project aims to understand how different salt marsh – upland morphologies affect salt marsh transgression (landward movement) with physical factors like increasing rates sea-level rise and frequency … Continue reading

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New Lab Mates = New Projects

Welcome Carson Miller, Molly Bost and Jessie Straub.  The Rodriguez Lab is not new to Carson and Molly, but Jessie comes from Coastal Carolina University, and it took her about 10 minutes to settle in and feel like a lab mate. … Continue reading

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Processing Oyster-Reef Cores

Oyster reefs are often the only natural hard substrate in estuaries and are even labeled “oyster rock” on many old nautical charts.  Oyster reefs have the potential to grow extremely rapidly (10 cm/year); in comparison, coral-reef growth, is measured in mm/year. … Continue reading

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Oyster Reefs Sometimes Can’t Keep Pace With SLR and Sedimentation

Oyster reefs are similar to other carbonate depositional environment such as coral reefs.  The largest difference is that oyster reefs are located in estuaries and sediment loading from external sources, like rivers and shoreline erosion, is much higher than what corals experience.  Being filter … Continue reading

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Dynamic barrier islands

During large storms, barrier islands are temporarily underwater because of storm surge and high waves.  This is called overwash, and during overwash sand is moved from the beach and deposited in back-barrier environments.  The sandy deposit that forms as a result of overwash … Continue reading

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