That’s a pteropod. No bigger than a pea, it’s very sensitive to acidity levels in seawater. New research conducted at the Duke Marine Lab suggests that these sea butterflies and other marine animals could be in for a tough future.
Dolphins that die along the southern N.C. coast often end up at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, where scientists have played a major role in investigating the recent viral epidemic that has killed thousands of dolphins.
They are washing up on beaches and in estuaries, both the dead and the dying. More than 1,000 bottlenose dolphin have died along the East Coast since July. “It’s a terrible milestone,” says a scientist who has examined many of them.
That’s the goal of the N.C. Coastal Federation’s educational programs. Taking kids out of the classroom to build oyster reefs and plant rain gardens, research shows, enhances their understanding of the coastal environment.
Research at N.C. State University shows that taking kids outside significantly improves their understanding of ecology and their attitudes about the environment.
Chat with Bob High for five minutes and you will discover the two things he is truly passionate about: craft beer and coastal North Carolina. Chat with him a little longer and you’ll understand what a natural pairing that is.
To try and answer that question, Lindsey Garner, a graduate student at N.C. State University, is conducting the first alligator census in the state in 30 years.
The state’s coastal plain is dotted with mysterious depressions that were long thought to be created by meteor strikes. New research suggests much more earthly origins.
Welcoming wildlife to your yard has many benefits for insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals of all descriptions, including people. A recent workshop taught participants how it’s done.