Josh Himmelstein is getting knee-deep in marshes to understand the effects of sea-level rise.
In the past decade, the Cape Fear River has become more susceptible to algal blooms — a potential public health concern for more than 1.5 million people relying on the river as a drinking water source. UNC researcher Nathan Hall thinks droughts and slow flows are the culprit, and aims to predict when future blooms will occur.
What do you get when you combine new science with decades of knowledge from local fishermen? A lot of homegrown North Carolina oysters. A whole lot.
Undergraduate researchers study whether harvesting oysters helps or hurts coastal ecosystems.