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Wilmington, NC

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The Center for Marine Science (CMS) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington provides an environment that fosters a multidisciplinary approach to questions in basic and applied research in the fields of oceanography, coastal and wetland studies, marine biomedical and environmental physiology, and marine biotechnology and aquaculture.

Faculty members conduct marine science research in the departments of biology and marine biology, chemistry and biochemistry, geography and geology, physics and physical oceanography, envionmenal studies and the Cameron School of Business. They serve on regional, national and international research and policy advisory groups, thereby contributing to the development of agendas on marine research in the United States and the world. International interactions with labs in Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, Bermuda, the Bahamas and Caribbean and all regions of the coastal United States augment extensive programs addressing North Carolina coastal issues. By integrating these advisory functions with research programs of the highest quality, CMS enhances the educational experience provided by UNCW for both undergraduate and graduate students in marine science.

Located on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway just six miles from the main campus, the CMS provides easy access to tidal marshes/mud flats/sand flats, tidal creeks, barrier islands and tidal inlets, the waterway, near-shore forests and both highly developed and minimally developed estuarine environments. It has a 900-foot pier on the waterway which can accommodate several coastal research vessels, and maintains specialized equipment for underwater research and 19 research vessels ranging in size from 16 to 70 feet.

 

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