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The Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) is an off-campus research laboratory and teaching facility of UNC-CH, located right on the central North Carolina coast. IMS and the on-campus Department of Marine Sciences form the internationally recognized UNC-CH Marine Sciences Program. Read More>

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Check out this YouTube clip that highlights a summer course taught at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences by Professor Mark Alperin. The course allows undergraduates to learn through discovery and first-hand experience in the environment.
“You can’t study the environment without going into the environment,” says Professor Alperin.

beach Noble’s New Water Quality Tests
A new rapid DNA-based test for water quality developed and patented by IMS Professor Rachel Noble and researcher Denene Blackwood dramatically reduces the time needed to detect E.coli and other contaminants. The test is already in practice on some beaches. Read More>
hurricane Luettich Wins Impact Award
Luettich has received the Department of Homeland Security’s Impact Award for his work with the ADCIRC storm surge and inundation model ahead of Hurricane Irene in 2011. ADCIRC is used to predict water heights and flooding in coastal areas under severe storm conditions.
oyster reef Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
Each summer, IMS hosts undergraduates from universities around the country through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Students receive mentoring and research support.
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