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Susan White

Adjunct Assoc Professor

Director, NC Sea Grant and NC Water Resources Research Institute

Research Building IV, Suite 2800, Rm 2806



Susan White is the executive director for North Carolina Sea Grant and the Water Resources Research Institute for the University of North Carolina. Both programs provide targeted research, outreach and education projects to address critical coastal, ocean and water resource issues in the state and within the region.

White previously was director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, S.C. Formerly the national research coordinator for NOAA’s Estuarine Reserves Division and National Estuarine Research Reserve System, she has served on national and regional steering committees on topics including technology transfer, integrated drought monitoring and early warning, and climate’s connections to health. White earned a doctorate from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

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Research Description

Estuarine community ecology, marine ecology, impacts of freshwater withdrawal on coastal ecosystems, responses of coastal ecosystems to climate change, human impacts in the coastal zone, the development and application of rapid detection tools and technologies, genomic/molecular approaches for coastal health early warning systems, watershed approaches (mountain to sea) to environmental management issues, and the integration of science into the development and practice of ocean, coastal and freshwater policy and management.


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Ph.D., Marine Science, University of Georgia (2004)
B.S., Biology, Duke University (1997)