Charles H Peterson



Charles “Pete” H Peterson
Alumni Distinguished Professor
Phone: 252.726.6841 ext 130
Fax: 252.726.2426
158 Coker Hall
3431 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557

Research Summary

Dr. Peterson is an expert on the organization of soft-sediment benthic communities in estuaries and lagoons. He is especially interested in predation and intra- and inter-specific competition, the influence of hydrodynamics on ecological processes, and the role of resource limitation in suspension-feeding bivalve populations. Though best known for his experimental approach to testing hypotheses concerning benthic systems, he also conducts research in paleoecology, invertebrate fisheries management, coastal habitat evaluation and restoration, and barrier island ecology.

Current projects include

  • studies which concluded that NC has the largest offshore wind resource on the East Coast
  • studies of the abundances and behaviors of birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals in eastern Pamlico Sound, to assess potential risks associated with the development of wind farms over the sound or coastal ocean
  • the ecology and economics of compensatory restoration of aquatic habitats and resources injured by oil spills and other forms of pollution

His projects have been funded by grants from the Pew Charitable Trust, NSF, NOAA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CIFO, and the NC Division of Marine Fisheries. Dr. Peterson holds joint appointments in the Department of Biology and the Curriculum in Ecology.

Related Links

Peterson Lab Website

Graduate Students

Rachel Gittman
Joseph Morton
Avery Paxton
Stephanie Wear
Erika Young