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Ziegler utilizes a variety of equipment to catch fish. Here, she sets an experiment gill net as the tide comes in and the sun starts to lower. Bright sun shines on her and the net as she stands in the water.

Marsh Madness

North Carolina’s marshes continue to fragment every day. Shelby Ziegler attempts to rebuild them by gathering data from the healthy wetlands that remain — a feat she often tackles in the middle of the night.


The UNC department of physics and astronomy hosted 4th-grade classes from three schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district for Science is Awesome Outreach Day on May 15. UNC sophomore physics and math major Schuyler Moss helps students during a hands-on exercise at Phillips Hall. (photo by Johnny Andrews)

Carolina outreach event empowers young scientists

The UNC department of physics and astronomy hosted 4th-grade classes from three schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district for Science is Awesome Outreach Day on May 15.


Alan Weakley shows off the storage system at the UNC Herbarium. Founded in 1908 by William Chambers Coker, it resides on the top floor of Coker Hall and is the largest in the Southeast. In 2000, it became part of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Specimens are kept within folders inside large, green cabinets that litter the various floors of the building. (photo courtesy of Endeavors)

The Flora Files

In the last 50 years, botanists have discovered more than 500 new species of plants across the Southeast. But it takes decades to actually study and record their existence — a feat that the UNC Herbarium has been tackling since its inception in 1908.


Haley Moser collects data as the sun sets over San Cristobal Island. (photo courtesy of Haley Moser)

Carolina to Cristóbal

After visiting the Galápagos Islands for a research project over winter break, senior Haley Moser hopes to pursue a career in community-centered research after graduating from Carolina this May.


The graphic shows the projected warming per year (indicated by the color-coded bar on the right) of the world’s marine protected areas (indicated by the black dots).

New study finds climate change threatens marine protected areas

New research from UNC-Chapel Hill and collaborators found that most marine life in marine protected areas will not be able to tolerate warming ocean temperatures caused by greenhouse gas emissions.


David and his son Tim in front of the Old Well.

Commencement Profile: They Will Walk Together

The father should be dead. The son struggled with college. They took different paths, at different schools, to an academic convergence that’s just the beginning for both. They’ll graduate together in May.


Kelly Hogan walks up and down the aisle in her large lecture class on biology, interacting with students. (photo by Vijy Sathy)

Inclusive teaching

Carolina’s innovative learning techniques are featured in a May 6 online article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Traditional Teaching May Deepen Inequality. Can a Different Approach Fix It?” The article features the work of Kelly Hogan, STEM teaching associate professor and assistant dean of instructional innovation in the College of Arts & Sciences.