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Thursday Marine Science Seminar Series
Hosted by UNC-IMS

Each Thursday a notable marine scientist will present on their research. Follow the link IMS seminar calendar or contact Kerry Irish ( for additional information.

Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm

Location: UNC IMS Seminar Room 222




December 3rd, 10:30am Room 222

UNC Institute for the Environment

Morehead City Field Site

2015 Capstone Project

This year there will be a complete run-throughs of the Captstone Presentation- on December 3th at  10:30am for the public. The Capstone Project is a semester-long, team-oriented effort focused on a marine science issue or problem, designed to engage undergraduate students with hands-on experience in the field and laboratory.

In this year’s Capstone project, the students are investigating the distribution and impacts of man-made marine debris. Their goals for the semester are to synthesize existing information about the marine debris problem and to quantify its impacts locally in Carteret County. In this presentation the students will provide background about the marine debris issue and present results from their own surveys at three local field sites: Carrot Island, Treasure Island, and Shackleford Banks. They will discuss the types of marine debris that accumulate at local sites, their spatial distribution, their environmental impacts, and they ways they are utilized by marine organisms.

Questions about the Morehead City Field Site Program should be directed to Rachel Noble  ( Question about the Capstone Project should be directed to Johanna Rosman (



Saturday, February 6th, 2016.

Blue Heron Bowl 

Hosted by UNC Institute of Marine Sciences



UNC Institute of Marine Sciences is excited to be a part of the National Oceans Science Bowl by hosting the Blue Heron Bowl. The Blue Heron Bowl is a regional marine science quiz bowl in which the winner will be sent to the National Ocean Science Bowl in April. Two teams, each composed of 4 students and 1 alternate, square off against each other to answer questions related to marine science. Many of these students are coached by a marine science or general science teacher that sponsors their training. During the 2016 Blue Heron Bowl, teams will participate in 3 round-robin sessions that provide the seeding for the double elimination round after lunch. Follow the link for more information. Blue Heron Bowl 2016, or contact Janelle Fleming (


April 22nd-24th, 2016

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is an annual high school competition held at different marine science centers each year. This bowl engages student in ocean sciences, and hopes to prepare them for STEM careers by helping them to become knowledgeable citizens and environmental stewards. The NOSB has a main focus on the ocean sciences to help student better understand the role the ocean plays in everyday life. The ocean is also the ideal took for teaching students about science, technology, education, and mathematics by putting them into real world context.

UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences is excited to play a role in these students learning by hosting the regional championship teams on the national level. For further information follow the link to the website (National Ocean Science Bowl) or Janelle Fleming (



To view the google calendar for all area seminars, including those at IMS, DUML, and CMAST, please visit this link.