Is the Abbot Point expansion toxic to the Great Barrier Reef?
Energy, News, and Climate / Policy

Is the Abbot Point expansion toxic to the Great Barrier Reef?

Unlike many other environmental concerns, threats to the Great Barrier Reef are widely acknowledged beyond the scientific community. The average person may not be able to articulate exactly why the reef is at risk, but he has an idea that survival of the colorful, otherworldly seascape he remembers from so many documentaries is far from … Continue reading

Should we let local politicking shape the conversation about offshore energy development?
Energy, News, and Climate / Policy / Science / Technology

Should we let local politicking shape the conversation about offshore energy development?

One of the most effective arguments against offshore energy developments (of many types – not just offshore wind) is the negative impact to the local viewshed. In North Carolina in particular, the Outer Banks are dominated by land designated as ‘National Seashore,’ and therefore under much greater effective protection from any sort of development than … Continue reading

Film Friday: Restoring East Coast Oysters
Marine Preservation / Podcasts and Videos / Policy

Film Friday: Restoring East Coast Oysters

Things have been a little slow as we ease into summer schedules here at UNdertheC, but check back next week as we resume our regular posting schedule!  Until then, today’s Film Friday ushers in the first official beach weekend of the year with a neat infographics video about oyster restoration.  The video, made by a … Continue reading

Film Friday: “Behind the Scenes” of your local weather report
How do we science? / Podcasts and Videos / Science / Technology

Film Friday: “Behind the Scenes” of your local weather report

Here’s some raw footage of one of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) buoy deployments last week. This buoy (and one other just to its north) is managed by UNC Chapel Hill’s marine science department. That’s us! NOAA and the National Weather Service (NWS) are government agencies that monitor and research weather, climatological, and environmental … Continue reading

Living with Diatoms Part I: A Marine Science Podcast!
Oddities in the Ocean / Podcasts and Videos / Science

Living with Diatoms Part I: A Marine Science Podcast!

Today I have something a little different to share–my first ever podcast! It’s diatom-themed (of course) and in it I discuss what diatoms are, what it’s like to research them, and why you should care about them in the first place. I’m far more used to writing blog posts than creating something audio-based, so this … Continue reading

Film Friday: Sunfish from the Sky
Oddities in the Ocean / Podcasts and Videos / Scientists in Action!

Film Friday: Sunfish from the Sky

With finals week upon us, all those affiliated with a university may be feeling a little exhausted at the moment.  If the internet has taught us anything though, it’s that there’s nothing like a fun animal video to lift your spirits/help you procrastinate.  This clip combines the improbably buoyant sunfish with a little inspiration as … Continue reading