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Confessions of a Climate Scientist

October 26, 2023

“We live on a planet with mostly water at the surface, and that water takes decades, basically a generation, to warm up or cool off. So, what one generation does to change climate—such as add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere — the next generation must live with,” writes Dean Jim White in a recent essay in the journal “Southern Cultures.”

Studying the resilience of carbon-accumulating seagrass

October 24, 2023

Through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program, Olivia Key ’25 conducted research on the resilience of seagrass beds, which have a potentially valuable role in reducing net carbon emissions in relation to climate change.

The tree keeper

October 23, 2023

Graduate student Kimmy Hansen is analyzing the impact of future development on the tree canopy of Bald Head Island, a North Carolina barrier island that boasts the second-largest maritime forest in the state.

Bookmark This

October 5, 2023

Bookmark This is a feature that highlights new books by College faculty and alumni. This month’s featured book is “Climate Change and Estuaries” (Routledge Taylor & Francis Group), edited by Michael J. Kennish, Hans W. Paerl and Joseph R. Crosswell.

Data Displaced

August 17, 2023

When natural hazards destroy homes and livelihoods, where do people go? Geographer Clark Gray searches for them using data.

Study: Sea level rise shifts habitat for endangered Florida Keys species

August 1, 2023

A new study describes the response to sea level rise by an endangered species only found in the Florida Keys. Paul Taillie, the lead author, completed the study as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida and is now an assistant professor of geography at UNC.