CRMers in the News

November - Fa Bagsit, Eugene Frimpong, and Tara Van Niekerk volunteered to help clean up after Hurricane Florence left hundreds of homes damaged in New Bern.

November - Dr. Ernest Marshburn ('14), who has been serving as chair for the National Boating Safety Council, was honored by Vice Admiral Dan Abel with the Public Service Meritorious Award, which recognizes Marshburn's work on the U.S. Coast Guard's strategic plan for recreational boating.  

October - Dr. Charlie Humphrey ('10), with three others, received a $50,000 NSF RAPID award entitled "Acquisition of critical data for the validation of watershed response models in eastern North Carolina.

October - Matt Harrup was featured in a news story about searching for disinterred remains in a New Bern graveyard.

September - Dr. Michelle Covi ('14) was featured in a Washington Post article on sea level rise:Welcome to Virginia Beach, Home of the East Coast's Fastest-Rising Sea Level.

August - Eugene Frimpong received a scholarship to attend the Penn State Summer School on Sustainable Climate Change Management. 

July - Robbie Munroe received a promotion within the National Weather Service to the position of General Forecaster and will now be working at the Greenville-Spartanburg Weather Forecast Office located in the upstate area of South Carolina.

July - Dr. Devon Eulie ('14) was featured in the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society page as host of their fall meeting in Wilmington, NC.

March - Allie Mulligan has taken the position of District Resource Specialist with Hyde County.

February - Dr. Charles Bangley ('16) had a paper accepted by Nature Scientific Reports: Bangley, C., Paramore, L., Shiffman, D., and Rulifson, R. Increased Abundance and Nursery Habitat Use of a Marine Apex Predator in Response to a Changing Environment in a Warm-Temperate Estuary. To follow Chuck's adventures with sharks working as a post-doctoral scholar at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, follow his blog: Ya Like Dags?

February – Two current students attended the Ocean Sciences meeting in Portland, Oregon; Brian Bartlett and Ian Conery, who presented his research, High-resolution lidar scanning of developed and natural beach-dune systems on the Outer Banks, NC.

February - Dr. James 'Bo' Dame ('05) gave a talk to the CRM seminar titled, An evaluation of ecological network analysis, about his Ph.D. research and his afterlife as a Chowan University Professor.
January - The American Fisheries Tidewater Chapter provided opportunities for presenting research for current student Liz Brown-Pickren, who presented, North Carolina should manage subsistence and recreational fishing separately with Alex Manda and CRM alumnus Chuck Bangley ('16), who presented, Environmental associations with movement behaviors in cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus). Current CRM students Brian Bartlett and Allie Mulligan attended to take advantage of the networking and information.  

January - CRM students and alumni met in New Orleans at the 51st Annual Society for Historical Archaeology Conference. Matt Harrup presented, Colonial Brunswick Town: Archaeology of an artificial economy. Recent alumna Jennifer Jones ('17) presented her work with current student Mary Allen, entitled, To let sink or swim: Evaluating coastal archaeological resource stability through a system of indices. Dr. Jones also worked with Calvin Mires ('14), who presented, Shifting sands: Evolving educational programming to support maritime archaeological research in Massachusetts. 

November - Tara Van Niekerk was appointed Graduate Student Associate Member for the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology, an international body advising on issues related to underwater archaeology, conservation, and submerged cultural resource management. Read the press release here

November - The APNEP Symposium, "Eyes on the Horizon", was a reunion of CRMers. Chuck Bangley ('16), Michelle Covi ('14), and Charlie Humphrey ('10) all gave presentations along with current students, Liz Brown-Pickren and Allie Mulligan. Current student Mike Flynn staffed the booth for the North Carolina Coastal Federation and Coley Corderio ('15) participated as APNEP staff. Current students Tyler Peacock, Tara Van Niekerk, Cait Skibiel, and Brian Bartlett also took advantage of the excellent local information and networking opportunity by attending the meeting. 

September - Michael Flynn has taken a job as Coastal Advocate with the North Carolina Coastal Federation; here's the story about him.

September - Christina Wiegand has taken a job as Fishery Social Scientist with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. 

August - CRMers reunited at the American Fisheries Society 147th Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida. Current students Mary Allen, Liz Brown-Pickren, Allie Mulligan and Tyler Peacock all presented and met up with CRM alumni Andrea Dell'Apa ('13), Jen Cudney ('15) and Cecilia Krahforst ('17).

August - Chuck Bangley ('16) was featured in a news story about the effects of climate change on marine species off the North Carolina coast.

July - Kelly Gleason Keogh ('06), along with team members, were named recipients of the 2017 NOAA Administrator's Service Award for "...implementing the use of advanced research diving technologies to explore the deep 'coral reef twilight zone.'” The recipients will be honored in an awards ceremony in November. 

July - Farisal Bagsit's Fulbright Scholarship and research was featured in an article in ECUnow, the University's blog.

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 led the pack by having the most students (19) registered to attend the NC MarCo Consortium Graduate Student Symposium held at Duke University Marine Lab Campus in Beaufort. MarCo focuses on marine and coastal science in our state. 

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.

December - The Coastal Society / Restore America's Estuaries Summit in New Orleans was a reunion of CRMers: Liz Brown-Pickren (current student), Devon Eulie ('14), Andrea Dell'Apa ('13), and Michelle Covi ('14).  

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 Smithsonian 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." 

December - Margaret Garner's research on mapping salt marshes and predicting sea-level effects was the subject of a Coast Watch article, written by Chuck Bangley

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 Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership and North Carolina Sea Grant.

June - April Wichard Evans ('13) accepted a position as Interdisciplinary Scientist for Lands, Minerals, Hydro, FERC, and Special Uses, U.S. Forest Service in Ketchikan, Alaska

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

September - Anne Bunnell, who is a teaching instructor in the Department of Biology, won the Robert L. Jones '58 Award for Teaching Excellence. The University Alumni Awards for Outstanding Teaching are sponsored by the ECU Alumni Association and administered through the Academic Awards Committee of the Faculty Senate. 

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 the Pitt Street Brewery in Uptown Greenville on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm. 
  • The Coastal Society, ECU Chapter monthly meeting will be in Flanagan 247 (the 'fireplace' room in front of the ICSP office on...
    • October 12th at 9:30 am 
  • American Fisheries Society, ECU Chapter monthly meeting will be in Howell N0109 on...
    • Wednesday, September 5th at 4:00 pm

Oyster Roast - January 14
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 date is Friday, October 21st  at noon

Conferences CRM students typically attend: 


  • 3MT Competition: Three Minute Thesis
  • October 24, 2018, ECU Campus, Greenville, North Carolina
  • American Ecological Engineering Society 17th Annual Meeting
  • June 12-14, 2018, Houston, Texas
  • American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting
  • September 29 - October 3, 2019, Reno, Nevada
  • Joint meeting with The Wildlife Society 
  • American Fisheries Society Southern Division Meeting
  • January 24-27, 2019, Galveston, Texas
  • American Fisheries Society Tidewater Chapter Meeting
  • January 25-27, 2018, Beaufort / Morehead City, North Carolina
  • American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting
  • December 10-14, 2018, Washington D.C.
  • Abstracts due August 1, 2018
  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
  • February 23 - March 2, 2019, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Atlantic Estuarine Research Society
  • October 11-13, 2018, Stockton University, Galloway, New Jersey 
  • Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy
  • May 19-21, 2019, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
  • November 3-7, 2019, Mobile, Alabama  
  • Confluence Conference
  • September 13-14, 2018, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting
  • August 5-10, 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week
  • March 26-April 2, 2018, ECU Campus, Greenville, North Carolina
  • European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
  • June 25-29, 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
  • November 4-7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana 
  • National Adaptation Forum
  • April 23-25, 2019, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Abstracts due August 3, 2018, read more here:
  • National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference
  • March 11-14, 2018, Tacoma, Washington
  • National Environment and Recreation Research Symposium
  • April 8-10, 2018, Annapolis, Maryland
  • National Marine Educators Association Annual Meeting
  • July 13-20, 2018, Long Beach, California
  • North Carolina Maritime Council Conference
  • November 8-10, 2018, Beaufort, North Carolina
  • 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
  • Society for Underwater Archaeology
  • January 9-12, 2019, St. Charles, Missouri
  • Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers
  • December 18-19, 2018, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Southeastern Estuarine Research Society
  • November 1-3, 2018, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Hosted by CRM Alumna Devon Eulie, '14
  • The Coastal Society
  • December 8-12, 2018, Long Beach, California
  • The Social Coast Forum
  • February 5-8, 2018, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Water and Health Conference
  • October 29-November 2, 2018, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Water Resources Research Institute Annual Conference
  • March 21-22, 2019, Raleigh, North Carolina

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