The Institute is home to the Coastal Resources Management Ph.D. Program (CRM), which provides a unique integrated, multidisciplinary approach to coastal studies that emphasizes the links between science and public policy, while engaging students in the Institute's research activities. The CRM program provides the academic basis for students seeking resource management careers in government agencies, private firms, nonprofit organizations, or interdisciplinary educational programs. Since its founding in 1999, the CRM program has graduated 50 students and 31 are currently enrolled.
The Institute includes the ECU Diving and Water Safety Office, which draws on technical specialists to provide training, research support, equipment maintenance, and safety oversight for those involved in scientific diving, water-related research, and scuba instruction. In addition, they oversee the operations and safety of 16 university research vessels, providing maintenance, operators and operator training, and certification, supervision, and support of scientific and recreational activities.
The Institute also includes the Coastal Water Resources Center. The CWRC is an interdisciplinary team committed to maintaining and improving the quantity and quality of water resources of the Coastal Plain of Eastern North Carolina.