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For the past 70 years, the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences has served the state and nation by conducting cutting-edge research, training young scientists, providing expertise to governmental agencies and industry, and promoting new knowledge to inform public policy.
The UNC Institute of Marine Sciences has the country’s oldest, longest-running shark research program. Started in 1971 by Frank Schwartz, researchers have been tagging sharks in North Carolina’s coastal waters for over 40 years to track the shark population.
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Click on a story below to see more ways that the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences is studying and helping protect North Carolina's coast.
Doctoral student Carter Smith is researching living shorelines as an economic way for coastal homeowners to protect their property while also doing something good for the environment.
To better understand shark populations off North Carolina's coast, Martín Benadvides is teaming up with David Johnston, director of the Duke Marine Lab Unoccupied Systems Facility in Beaufort. Together they are testing drone technology on shark decoys.
What do you get when you combine new science with decades of knowledge from local fishermen? A lot of homegrown North Carolina oysters. A whole lot.
At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, researchers are helping the state prepare for powerful storms by better understanding the challenges incurred by hurricanes — from storm surge and flooding to water quality and beach erosion.