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Earth, marine and environmental sciences graduate student Sarah Wells-Hull, left, puts her hand on the Little River fault after an earthquake at Sparta, North Carolina, ruptured the ground in 2020. Ashley Lynn, right, works in the trench dug to expose the fault.

Research on rare NC earthquake aids preparation, forecasting

Two years after a 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit Sparta, North Carolina, professor Kevin Stewart’s research shows why the event was unique and important.

Left: John Bruno holds a Galapagos brittle star — an “echinoderm” that is related to sea urchins and sea stars. Right: John Bruno stands on a bed of rocks near the water.

Tar Heels in the field in the Galapagos

Meet some of the Carolina researchers who are conducting their research more than 2,600 miles away on the Galapagos Islands. Many of these researchers are in the College of Arts and Sciences.

a reef completely swamped by a benthic cyanobacterial bloom at the Salt Pier in Bonaire, Netherlands.

Shedding new light on coral Black Band Disease

UNC-Chapel Hill biologists examine the links between microbial mats and a type of coral disease that has become an urgent conservation concern, and they suggest mitigation strategies to help reduce its spread.

Meet a Summer Research Fellow: Ph.D. candidate John West

John West is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of psychology and neuroscience. He has been awarded a Summer Research Fellowship from The Graduate School.

UNC-Chapel Hill's campus at spring time

Loftin named University Manager of the Year

Beverly Loftin, business manager in the department of physics and astronomy and applied physical sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences, was named the 2022 University Manager of the Year.

Rachel Noble at IMS works in the water doing her research.

75 years of research and service

As the institute celebrates its 75th anniversary, director Rick Luettich discusses the mission of the Institute of Marine Sciences, how the institute evolved and why the research produced through the institute is vital to North Carolina.

Students in masks sit at a table and work on a project in the applied physical science minor.

New minor teaches major skills in engineering, entrepreneurship

Students in the new applied sciences and engineering minor are equipped with an entrepreneurial mindset and the engineering skills to thrive in both industry and graduate school.