UNCW professor John M. Morrison is leading a team of scientists from UNCW; Cloudland Instruments of Santa Barbara, CA; Clyde Space of Glasgow, UK; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; and Hawk Institute for Space Sciences who have received a two-year grant for $1,675,000 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as a “proof of concept to demonstrate capability to constuct low-cost autonomous nanosatellites to provide sustained, high spatial resolution and temporal resolution information about the surface ocean processes.”
First-of-its-Kind Model Forecasted Recent Underwater Volcanic Eruptions
In September 2014, Scott Nooner, assistant professor at UNCW, and
Bill Chadwick, adjunct professor at Oregon State University, forecasted underwater volcano Axial Seamount would erupt in 2015. Located about 300 miles off the coast of Oregon and Washington, it now appears to be doing just that.
ARNOVA Conference Honors Dr. Jeff Brudney
In mid-September 2015, public and international affairs professor Jeffrey Brudney journeyed to Ghana, Africa as a member of a small team of scholars selected by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
UNC Wilmington Welcomes International Guests to BioMarine Business Convention
-- Time Warner Cable News
Visitors from 16 different countries are in the area to discuss ocean harvesting and protein shortage. On Monday morning, scientists provided guests with a comprehensive tour of UNCW's Crest Research Park. The school's chancellor said marine biology is one of the most popular areas of study at the university, and he is glad they can play a part in the convention.
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UNCW Receives $400,000 EPA Research Grant
-- Lumina News
Biology and marine biology students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington will have an opportunity to study the ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals on estuarine fish after the university received a substantial grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The $399,884 Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant will fund a three-year research project to be conducted in UNCW’s Center for Marine Science, as well as inside an on-campus laboratory in Dobo Hall.
Sponges Akin to Redwoods of the Sea Crowding Out Corals on Florida Reefs
-- Miami Herald
In the wake of massive coral die-off in the 1970s and 80s, a new study has found a dramatic increase in sponges threatens to collapse the foundation of the complex ecosystem. The research, published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology in August, found that over 12 years, sponges off Conch Key increased by 122 percent, taking up 39 percent more reef. “If they’re all that there is, the reefs will flatten out and decay,” said study co-author Joseph Pawlik, a marine biologist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
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