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May 10, 2021

Recovery Following Natural Disasters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETracey Clavelina oblonga, an invasive marine fouling species, not only reduces diversity in communities it invades, it also interferes in their recovery following natural disasters – a process known as “succession.” Succession refers to how an ecosystem recovers after a disturbance or natural disaster – does the system come back more or… 

Feb 24, 2021

Soundscape Reveals Resilient Reef Ecosystem

Written by  Tracey Peake A new study from North Carolina State University reveals that the soundscapes of coral reef ecosystems can recover quickly from severe weather events such as hurricanes. The work also demonstrates that non-invasive monitoring is an important tool in shedding further light on these key ecosystems. Soundscape ecology is a relatively new… 

Feb 22, 2021

Minke Whale Skeleton Exhumed

On December 23, 2018, a 20'6'" long juvenile female minke whale was reported stranded dead at Cape Lookout. A team from Cape Lookout National Seashore transported and assisted personnel from NC State, NC DMF, UNCW, and NCMM went out to necropsy the animal. The skeleton was buried for eventual rearticulation and display. 

Feb 19, 2021

NC State Oyster Showcase

Given that we could not hold our annual CMAST/Crystal Coast Oyster Roast in collaboration with the NC State University Alumni Association during Spring 2021, we hosted a virtual NC State Oyster Showcase with over 500 virtual participants. 

Dec 15, 2020

Semester at CMAST Covid-19 Regulations

CMAST is following COVID-19 regulations based on the NC State University guidelines that are designed to keep you safe and concentrated on your marine science experience at the coast! Your first stop for information should be on the NC State website, as CMAST is a part of the university and follows its rules for dealing with Covid-19.… 

Aug 12, 2020

Faculty Focus: Buckel Inducted into Research Leadership Academy

CMAST's Jeff Buckel studies populations of economically and ecologically important fishes. Recently he was recognized by the NC State ORI for his excellent research and mentorship. 

Apr 17, 2020

Marine Science Students Continue Studies Amid Outbreak

While marine science students’ fieldwork has been put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, their learning continues 

Jun 27, 2017

WhaleScale Hits Apple App Store

WhaleScale – an app for estimating the weight of stranded cetaceans (dolphins and whales) from their length in order to inform decision-making during management of stranding events – is now available for free download to iPhones through the App Store. WhaleScale was developed by Craig Harms (NC State), and Kerry Wischusen and Leslie Hart (College of… 

May 19, 2017

Spotlight on Jacob Krause

CMAST is excited to launch a new feature in our newsletter where we will be highlighting our graduate students and residents working at CMAST. This month we interview Jacob Krause. Describe the path that led you here. I have always been fascinated with water. That fascination lead me to work at a bait shop on a… 

Feb 27, 2017

Invasive and Native Marsh Grasses May Provide Similar Benefits to Protected Wetlands

Photo above: From left to right, Katelyn Theuerkauf (NC State), Samantha Godwin (NC Coastal Reserve) and Brandon Puckett (NC Coastal Reserve) deploy stakes to monitor marsh erosion at Currituck Banks Reserve. Photo: Seth Theuerkauf (Reprinted from NC State website, (, by Tracey Peake An invasive species of marsh grass that spreads, kudzu-like, throughout North American wetlands, may provide similar…