Plants & Animals

  • Study to Look Closer at Red Wolf Ancestry

    Two weeks after a federal court ordered a recovery plan update for the endangered red wolf population in northeastern North Carolina, a new report lays out plans to further study the species’ genetics.

  • Research Helps Survival of Released Fish

    Researchers at N.C. State’s Center for Marine Science and Technology have been studying caught and released fish to better estimate death rates and improve their odds for survival.

  • Currituck Marsh Focus for Resilience Project

    A recently announced project at Pine Island aims to study, protect and restore Currituck Sound marshes, a globally significant habitat that has been degraded by pollution and effects of climate change.

  • Researchers Automate Whale Data Collection

    Researchers have developed an automated method that uses artificial intelligence and computer models to determine the species of whales photographed using drones and measure their length.

  • Team Seeks Skittish Seabird Off NC Coast

    Researchers are looking for the mysterious black-capped petrel off Cape Hatteras, a threatened pelagic bird that breeds on Caribbean islands and travels far to forage.

  • New Tool Makes Oyster Restoration Easier

    Scientists and stakeholders have created a mapping tool that indicates optimal locations to restore oyster reefs, which is being put to use creating a sanctuary in Pamlico Sound.

  • Study: Nesting Turtles Prefer Dark Beaches

    Anna Windle at the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort has been leading a study on sea turtle nesting and artificial light, finding that nest density is higher on darker beaches.

  • Not Just Young Sharks, More Big Ones, Too

    Bull sharks are increasingly using North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound as a nursery, according to a recent study, but long-term research has shown that waters in the region are teeming with more large sharks – a good sign for the ecosystem.