Morehead City Field Site (MCFS)
The Institute for the Environment's Morehead City Field Site (MCFS) is located at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in Morehead City, North Carolina. IMS is strategically located in North Carolina's central coastal region on 6.5 acres of waterfront property on Bogue Sound. The region is rich in estuarine and wetland habitats and includes the large embayments (e.g., Core, Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds) and estuaries (e.g. Neuse and Newport) that are typical of North Carolina's coast and tied to much of its seafood production.
Field study opportunities will take students to nearby areas, with a focus on the well characterized Neuse River Estuary-Pamlico Sound system. Pamlico Sound is the second largest lagoonal estuary in the country, and the site of dynamic larval fish and invertebrate activity. It is also the site of extensive research focus on eutrophication and water quality, led by researchers at IMS. Deployment of field site boats permits the students to gain access and direct interaction with the local rivers, creeks, estuaries and coastal areas, as well as the ecologically significant Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout areas.
Currently, the MCFS is only offered during the fall semester.
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Students who enroll at the MCFS take the following courses:
Coursework for this field site would be suitable for students pursuing a concentration area in Ecology, Earth System Science and Environment and Health.
Students typically spend 2 days a week in classes, 2 days at internships with local institutions or conducting independent research projects with resident faculty, and 1 day on field excursions.
All faculty at IMS participate in teaching and mentoring field site students at the MCFS. In particular:
Meet the Director
For more information about the MCFS, please contact Dr. Rachel Noble at (252) 726-6841, ext.150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org