Join ICS faculty online this year! The event will allow prospective students to learn more about the Ph.D. program and listen to current projects. It will also give you an opportunity to ask questions to the program director and faculty involved in the various research projects.
Time : 11am to 1pm
Register HERE for the event
Evaluating the Coastal Protection and Ecological Co-benefits of Novel Marsh-Oyster Restoration Approaches
Summary: The research study will evaluate the effectiveness of using novel oyster reef designs to restore oyster habitat, attenuate boat-wake induced wave energy, reduce shoreline erosion, and promote marsh restoration along the highly trafficked Taylor’s Creek thoroughfare, in Beaufort, NC. Results from this study will provide insight into the viability of novel oyster and marsh restoration approaches that circumvent the issues frequently associated with conventional restoration approaches being used to mitigate erosion along shorelines experiencing sea-level rise. Contact Dr. Rachel Gittman for additional information (email@example.com)
Sponsor: U.S. Coastal Research Program and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
An Integrative Analysis of Perceptions, Policy, and Land Use Impact on Coastal Agricultural Watershed Resilience
Three ICS Ph.D. students will collaboratively work with engineering, biology, economics, and coastal studies faculty at ECU, as well as other students, to support an NSF-funded project to study how perceptions of ecosystem health, various land use policies, and sea level rise alter land use decisions by farmers, which then can change ecosystem processes related to nutrient cycling. The project is led by Dr. Ariane Peralta (Dept. of Biology) in collaboration with Drs. Randall Etheridge (Dept. of Engineering & Center for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering), Greg Howard (Dept. of Economics), David Griffith (Dept. of Coastal Studies), and Enrique Reyes (Dept. of Biology).
Social Sciences Focus – Anthropology (advisor: Dr. David Griffith). The student would be expected to develop lists of potential farmers and others familiar with farming practices from tax records and other public databases for sampling purposes, assistance with interview protocol development and the pretesting of questionnaires and interview guides, interviewing farmers and others in ways consistent with social distancing, data processing, and interpretation and writing of results.
Social Sciences Focus – Behavioral Economics (advisor: Dr. Greg Howard). The student will use interview and survey data to build a behavioral model of farmer land use and land management decisions in a coastal North Carolina watershed.
Natural Sciences Focus – Hydrologic Modeling (advisor: Dr. Randall Etheridge). The student will develop a hydrologic and water quality model using SWAT+ for a North Carolina river basin. The model will be used to examine how sea level rise and land management changes alter coastal ecosystems as a part of a large interdisciplinary project.
Contact Dr. Ariane Peralta for additional information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Oceanographic and Marine Hydrokinetic Research
Understanding high-frequency variability in the cyclonic shear zone of the Gulf Stream with HF radars.
Quantifying the variability in the available hydrokinetic energy resource from the Gulf Stream for the state of NC.
Gulf Stream, Mid Atlantic Bight, South Atlantic Bight, Chesapeake Bay Outflow, and Slope Sea water mass dynamics off of NC.
Measuring ocean waves to understand the evolution of deep-water waves as they propagate onshore and apply what we learn to wave energy development.
Collaborating with ocean energy developers and multidisciplinary research teams to develop renewable ocean energy harvesting devices.
Contact Dr. Mike Muglia for additional information (email@example.com)
Sponsor: NC Renewable Ocean Energy Program
Global Hotspots of Change in Mangrove Forests
The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. David Lagomasino (http://bit.ly/Lagomasino_Lab) and use historical satellite imagery and cutting-edge new sensors to measure changes in coastal regions around the world. In addition, they will incorporate demographic and economic data to understand how mangrove loss hot spots have evolved over time and what types of conversions (pollution, aquaculture, erosion) have contributed to changes in coastal regions globally. The ideal candidate has an interest in working with a collaborative interdisciplinary team and using novel integrative methods to examine human-environment interactions in dynamic coastal settings.
A Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, or the Social Sciences is preferred, as is familiarity using qualitative and/or quantitative data analyses to answer complex research questions. Excellent verbal and written communication and strong interpersonal skills are desired. Experience using GIS and Remote Sensing software, computer programming, and statistical modeling, are a plus.
Contact Dr. David Lagomasino for additional information (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sponsor: NASA Land Cover/Land Use Change Program
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