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The Noble Lab plays an integral part in several learning opportunities available at the Institute of Marine Sciences. Dr. Noble (email | phone: 252-726-6841252-726-6841 ext 150) is the assistant director for The Institute for the Environment’s Morehead City Field Site (MCFS), which is held during fall semesters at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in Morehead City, North Carolina. It offers undergraduate students opportunities for experiential learning in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies and Environmental Health Science, with emphases on microbial and phytoplankton ecology, water quality and resources, benthic ecology, wetlands, shellfish and fisheries issues, watershed-based modeling studies, sea level rise, coastal geology, barrier island ecology, ecosystem-based management, and beach renourishment.

Check out the brochure for more information on the field site. Student applications should be made through the UNC-Chapel Hill Study Abroad website. Questions about academic advisement should be directed to Greg Gangi (email). Questions about the Morehead City Field Site Program should be directed to Rachel Noble (email).

During their stay at IMS, students conduct exciting, team-based research projects. Examples of previous Capstone Experience Products can be seen here.

A description of coursework can be found here.

2020 UNC Institute for the Environment Morehead City Field Site

11 undergraduate students from UNC Chapel Hill came to the Institute of Marine Sciences during the Fall of 2020 for a full semester of intense marine science study and research.

Our students complete a “Capstone Project” as a for credit class, and as a team. The 2020 team-based, Capstone research presentation on “Quantifying the Effectiveness of Wetland Restoration on the North River Wetlands Preserve” was guided and mentored by the Noble Laboratory and can be viewed here.

Examples of recent students’ independent research presentations can be viewed below: