CRMers in the News

April - Hilde Speight is the cover girl for the NC DEQ web page about submerged aquatic vegetation and the Association of National Estuaries Programs story about the APNEP SAV program. 

March - Eugene Frimpong's research on the effects of the Community Rating System on flood insurance usage was featured in a Mississippi-Alabama SeaGrant Consortium article. 

March - ECU leads the pack; we have the most students (19) registered to attend the upcoming NC MarCo Consortium Graduate Student Symposium being held at Duke University Marine Lab Campus in Beaufort on Friday, March 31st. MarCo focuses on marine and coastal science in our state. Go Pirates!

January - Becky Deehr ('12) was named Educator of the Week by National Geographic magazine for "creating an impactful, low-maintenance impact project that fuses art and science, recognizes female environmentalists, and inspires her students to fight for what they believe in."

December - Cale Galloway became a Surveyor Intern with the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors.

October - Molly Albecker was awarded a Pitt County Wildlife Scholarship for her research on how tree frogs of coastal North Carolina adapt to salinity changes as a result of regional sea level rise.  

October - Sarah Watkins-Kenney was selected to serve on NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council in the Conservation Seat, one of twelve primary voting community member volunteer council members.

October - Liz Brown-Pickren received a travel award to attend the Annual Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration in New Orleans, Louisiana, sponsored by Restore America's Estuaries and The  Coastal Society, with funding provided by Louisiana Sea Grant.

October - Clay McCoy ('06) was the Project Manager and Technical Lead of the Regional Sediment Management South Atlantic Division Optimization Pilot, the 2016 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Innovation of the Year. 

September - Kelly Gleason Keogh ('06) is the cover girl for NOAA's Earth is Blue magazine as she examines artifacts at the Two Brothers, a whaling ship wrecked in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. 

August - Becky Deehr ('12) led a team of 65 sixth grade girls on a cross-disciplinary study of a lake in Tennessee, which was featured in an article in the National Science Teachers Association journal, Science Scope. 

August - Andrea Dell'Apa ('13) accepted the position of Marine Restoration Specialist with the Ocean Conservancy.

August - New alumna Sorna Khakzad has accepted a position as post-doctoral researcher with the University of West Florida Cultural Tourism and Heritage Preservation program before the ink is dry on her diploma.

August - Michael Flynn is now adjunct faculty in the Professional Science Master's in Environmental Science Degree program at Stockton University. 
August - Stephanie Hoekstra ('15) accepted the position of Program Director of Applied Sciences within the Department of Humanities and Sciences at University of California Los Angeles Extension

August - New alumnus Chuck Bangley accepted a post-doctoral research position with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

July - Liz Brown-Pickren was the subject of a story in the Scuppernong Reminder newspaper about her research findings on subsistence fishing in Tyrrell County, North Carolina.

June - Michael Flynn wrote about his work assessing the vulnerability of development along Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the North Carolina Sea Grant blog.
May - Molly Albecker supplied the cover photograph and her research on adaptation of coastal amphibians was the subject of a story in the spring issue of Coastwatch Magazine. 

May - Liz Brown-Pickren wrote an article on her research on contaminants in fish in Albemarle Sound for the North Carolina Sea Grant blog.

April - Casey Nolan's work mentoring K-12 students and encouraging interest in science was highlighted by the University of North Carolina  Education news system.

March - Chuck Bangley explains why the summer may be another bad year for shark encounters along the North Carolina coast in an interview with WNCT news.

January - Michael Flynn was named 2016 Coastal Policy Fellow by North Carolina Sea Grant and the N.C. Coastal Law, Resources and Policy Center.
December - Kelly Gleason Keogh ('06) was featured in a Smithosian article because of her discovery of the whaling ship "Two Brothers" which is featured in the Ron Howard film "In the Heart of the Sea." 

September - Cecilia Krahforst's research was the subject of an article in the American Fisheries Society policy page. 

September - Molly Albecker was featured in an ECU News Service story on use of social media to communicate science. 

August - Chuck Bangley was featured on the National Geographic WILD show on shark attacks and wrote an article on the media attention to the shark bites along the North Carolina coast for the North Carolina Sea Grant blog. 

August - Molly Albecker's research on adaptation of frogs to more saline water was the subject of a story in The Wildlife Society's newsletter. 

July - Liz Brown-Pickren was named the 2015 Graduate Fellow in Estuarine Research by the Albmarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership and North Carolina Sea Grant.

Spring - Cecilia Krahforst's research on toadfish was highlighted in the NC Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve newsletter.

August - Joyce Steinmetz was the subject of an article on mapping the underwater wreck of the paddle-wheeler Robert J. Walker in the Press of Atlantic City.

Other things happening...

  • Coastal Social. Meet students and faculty at Crossbone's Pub in Uptown Greenville on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm. 
  • Volunteer Opportunity with "A Time for Science" 
    • Friday, April 21st from 5-9pm
    • We will supervise elementary school children during their Star Party. Contact Tyler to sign up or get further information.
  • Recruitment Event at Mellow Mushroom 
    • Friday, April 28th 5:30-8:30 pm 
    • Along with pizza we'll hold a cornhole tournament to raise funds for a charity.
  • Hans Highway Cleanup To honor our esteemed former director, we volunteer to clean up a stretch of Evans Road. The next clean-up will be...
    • Saturday, February 17th. Meet at 9:00 at the gravel lot at the northwest corner of Firetower and Evans.
  • The Coastal Society, ECU Chapter monthly meeting
    The next meeting will be a joint meeting with the AFS chapter in Flanagan 247 (the 'fireplace' room in front of the ICSP office on...
    • Thursday April 6th at 5:00 pm 
  • American Fisheries Society, ECU Chapter monthly meeting will be a joint meeting with the ECU chapter in Flanagan 247 on...
    • Thursday,  April 6th at 5:00 pm  
  • Oyster Roast - January 14, 2017
    The student chapters of The Coastal Society and the American Fisheries Society work together to host a very fun oyster roast at the North Carolina Estuarium in Washington in the early part of spring semester. In addition to great food we'll have live music from The Martin County Ramblers. To purchase tickets contact an AFS or TCS officer.
  • ICSP / TCS Barbecue - Each semester we hold a barbecue in the courtyard of Flanagan and participants are asked to either bring a side dish or make a small donation to ICSP staff or TCS officers. 
    • Fall Semester 2016 date is Friday, October 21st  at noon

Conferences CRM students typically attend: 

  • 3MT Competition: Three Minute Thesis
  • October 26, 2016, ECU Campus, Greenville, North Carolina
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  • American Ecological Engineering Society 16th Annual Meeting
  • August 6-11, 2017, Portland, Oregon
  • American Fisheries Society Southern Division Meeting
  • February 2-5, 2017, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • American Fisheries Society Tidewater Chapter Meeting
  • March 9-11, 2017, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
  • February 11-16, 2018, Portland, Oregon
  • Atlantic Estuarine Research Society
  • March 16-18, 2017, St. Marys College, Maryland
  • T-Shirt design contest, deadline February 10, 2017.
  • Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
  • November 5-9, 2017, Providence, Rhode Island  
  • ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week
  • April 3-7, 2017, ECU Campus, Greenville, North Carolina
  • Abstract submission deadline: February 3
  • National Adaptation Forum
  • May 9-11, 2017, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Travel support applications accepted Jan. 1 - Feb. 17
  • National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference
  • March 11-14, 2018, Tacoma, Washington
  • Abstracts due September 14, 2017
  • Ocean Sciences Meeting
  • February 11-16, 2018, Portland, Oregon
  • Restore America's Estuaries Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration
  • December 8-13, 2018, Long Beach, California
  • Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers
  • April 5-9, 2017, Boston, Massachusetts
  • The Coastal Society
  • December 8-12, 2018, Long Beach, California
  • The Social Coast Forum
  • February ??, 2018, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Water and Health Conference
  • October 16-20, 2017, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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