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Work with the N.C. Coastal Reserve! We are hiring a Temporary Field Technician in our Wilmington office and a Temporary Research Technician in our Beaufort office.

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), a program of the Division of Coastal Management in the Department of Environmental Quality, hosted a stop on the “Discover the N.C. Coastal Reserve” Tour in early December.

Through a collaborative research project funded in 2022 by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative, a team of researchers is assessing the use of uncrewed aircraft systems or drones for monitoring oyster reefs. This multi-reserve undertaking is the “Collaborative Development Of Novel Remote Sensing Workflows For Assessing Oyster Reef Structural And Demographic Characteristics To Inform Management And Restoration”.

We're wrapping up an incredible year of research, education, training, and stewardship at our 10 North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve sites.<

Spread the word! The North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve has four internship positions open. Interested applicants can learn more about the Reserve on our website and our social media channels.

This past summer, the reserve had four outstanding interns. They contributed to our mission and learned a lot along the way. Below they each share a bit of advice or memories from their experience.

The North Carolina Coastal Reserve consists of 10 sites. Many birds call at least one of the 10 sites home, while many others use them as resting stops along the Atlantic Flyway.

In 2020, the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve welcomed its first National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship recipient, Marae West. This month, after four years of fieldwork and data analysis in the midst of the pandemic, Marae will finish her fellowship.

Follow along as Byron Toothman, Research Biologist for the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve, teaches a co-worker about the System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP). Read on to learn more about SWMP!