Drive about 150 miles east from Raleigh, to the shore of the Bogue Sound in Morehead City, North Carolina, and you’ll find a home away from home for NC State students, faculty and staff — NC State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST). The facility is a hub of marine and coastal research, education and outreach.
Each summer, the center hosts a four-week marine science field course led by seven faculty from the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS). The course gives students unique opportunities for hands-on research and learning in everything from coastal erosion to biological diversity.
In early June, we spent a day with the 17 undergraduates and some of their instructors — MEAS associate professor Astrid Schnetzer and graduate student Gabrielle Corradino — to experience life at this coastal campus.