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Research at IMS ranges from water quality, algal blooms, storm water runoff, oil spill impacts, fisheries, severe storms, sea level rise, and shore line management to offshore wind energy. Each faculty member operates as principal investigator in their own laboratory. To learn more about each laboratory, please go to the people page.

Research opportunities for UNC undergraduate students are made possible through the Morehead City Field Site program run jointly by IMS and the UNC Institute for the Environment. This program is an intensive semester-long experience, emphasizing independent and team-based research on real world environmental problems or issues.

Each summer, IMS also hosts undergraduates from universities around the country through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).