Students Participate in Coastal Expedition Course

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This past May, students from UNCW embarked on an 11-day field course titled, North Carolina Coastal Issues and Experiences, along the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The course was led by Jim Herstine, a professor in the School of Health and Applied Human Services, and Jennifer Biddle, assistant professor in the department of public and international affairs. The trip allowed participants to see firsthand how different organizations manage resources on the North Carolina Coast. Students traveled more than 1,100 miles to a variety of destinations which included state parks, state and national coastal reserve locations, wildlife refuges, seashores and other conservation areas.

“This course showcases the beauty and complexity of North Carolina’s coastline, providing an ideal learning environment to examine coastal resource issues," said Biddle.

In addition to learning about the complicated nature of science and policy in today’s political climate, they visited five of the eight lighthouses in North Carolina, and kayaked in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout National Seashore.