Field Sites

To advance our missions in undergraduate education, environmental research and community outreach, the Institute, in partnership with the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, has established a network of field sites with locations in North Carolina and abroad. The site locations offer a variety of ecosystem settings ranging from the mountains to the coast to urban settings to tropical rain forests. The field site program is coordinated through the Study Abroad Office of the College of Arts and Sciences. Each site focuses on themes specific to that community or region and provides a semester-long opportunity for students to explore real-world issues through a combination of course work, field trips, group research projects and internships with local organizations. Challenges facing host communities help shape the curriculum at each site, and the results of research by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and students are shared with community partners.

The UNC Study Abroad Office in the College of Arts and Sciences coordinates applications for attendance at all Institute field sites. For more information on any site, select from the map below.

Highlands Field Site Morehead City Field Site Sustainable Triangle Field Site Outer Banks Field Site Outer Banks Field Site Sustainable Triangle Field Site Morehead City Field Site Highlands Field Site Cambridge Field Site Ecuador/Galapagos Field Site Thailand Field Site Cambridge Field Site Galapagos Field Studies Thailand Field Site

Field Sites and their suitability for different concentration areas

Name Location Concentration Areas
Cambridge Field SiteUnited Kingdom - UrbanEnergy, Environmental Infrastructure and Environmental Decision-making
Ecuador/Galapagos Field SiteEcuador - Coastal, TropicalEcology; Population, Environment and Development, Environment and Culture and Environmental Decision-making
Highlands Field SiteNC MountainsEcology and Environmental Infrastructure
Outer Banks Field SiteCoastal NCDecision-making and Environmental Infrastructure
Morehead City Field SiteCoastal NCEcology, Earth System Science and Environment and Health
Sustainable Triangle Field SiteUrban NCSustainability and Environmental Infrastructure
ThailandThailand - Urban, TropicalEnergy, Environmental Infrastructure and Sustainability

Field Studies

Name Location Contact
Summer Burch Program in Denmark, Germany, and Sweden Denmark, Germany, and Sweden Contact Greg Gangi
Coral Reef Ecology & Management St. John, US Virgin Islands Contact Greg Gangi
Energy and Environment Summer Program on the Outer Banks Outer Banks, NC Contact Lindsay Dubbs
Environmental Studies in the Galapagos Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Contact Greg Gangi
Summer Burch Program in the Sierras Sierra Nevadas, USA Contact Greg Gangi
Summer Field Program in Siberia Siberia, Russia Contact Greg Gangi

For more information on any aspect of environmental field sites at Carolina, contact the Institute's Office of Field Sites led by Director of Student Affairs, Greg Gangi. His office is located on the 3rd floor of Whitehead (Room 312), adjacent to the Carolina Inn.

Greg Gangi
Director of Academic Programs
Institute for the Environment
CB# 1105
Whitehead 312
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1105
919-962-9805 (direct)
919-966-9920 (fax)
E-mail: ggangi(at)email.unc.edu