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North Carolina’s estuaries – the place where freshwater and saltwater meet – are home to things like shellfish, plants, fish and turtles. Researchers in Morehead City are studying the human impacts from climate change which is leading to warmer waters and declining populations of turtles.

…At the loading deck of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, 17 undergraduate students gather for class. These students are part of a Field Site program where they spend the semester in Morehead City exploring the “living classroom” of the North Carolina coast.