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NCCOS Judges 2016 SeaPerch Challenge for Middle and High School Students

NCCOS researchers provided scientific support to the 2016 SeaPerch Challenge by serving as judges in the Charleston, South Carolina, competition this month. SeaPerch is an innovative, underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources needed to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students build the ROV from a kit of low-cost, […]

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Inspiring Future Scientists: NCCOS Participates in My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative aims to broaden participation of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. As part of National Labs Week, volunteers from the NCCOS Charleston lab: Marie DeLorenzo, Maggie Broadwater, Cindy Cooksey, and Joe Wade, conducted a marine science education event with children in grades K-5 from a local […]

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NCCOS Social Science Highlighted at Social Coast Forum

The Biennial Social Coast Forum held in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this month brought social scientists and coastal managers together to share information and research about people—where they live, what they do, and what they value—to aid coastal resource management. The forum highlighted several NCCOS social science research projects, including: the social valuation of ecosystem services […]

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Charleston Lab Adopt-A-Highway Participation Enters 26th Year

NCCOS’s Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) recently began its 26th year of volunteering in PalmettoPride’s Adopt-A-Highway program, an effort to fight litter and help beautify South Carolina. Over the past 25 years, the hard work of CCEHBR volunteers has produced 1,115 30-gallon bags of trash, weighing a grand total of 8.4 tons. […]

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Measuring Sunscreen Chemicals in South Carolina Coastal Waters

A recent NCCOS study in Marine Pollution Bulletin investigated the distribution of five sunscreen ingredients (oxybenzone, octocrylene, avobenzone, padimate-O, and octinoxate) measured in the coastal waters of South Carolina.  Sunscreen chemicals are increasingly used in personal care products to protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation; however, laboratory studies showed that some of these chemicals […]

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Mesocosm Research Highlighted at International Meeting

Mesocosms are versatile test systems that can examine both structural and functional components of aquatic ecosystems in a laboratory setting. Since the late 1990s, researchers at NCCOS’s Charleston, South Carolina, laboratory have used mesocosms to evaluate the fate and effects of individual chemical contaminants and mixtures in a simulated salt marsh ecosystem. In a presentation […]

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NCCOS Research Shared with Public at South Carolina Outreach Event

Last month, NCCOS scientists staffed an exhibit at a weekend open house for the public held by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). The team conveyed the value of current research at the NCCOS Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research and the Hollings Marine Laboratory that focuses on the effects of natural and […]

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Dolphin Entanglements Follow Historic 1,000 Year Rainfall in South Carolina

From October 1 through October 5, 2015 South Carolina experienced a catastrophic rainfall event that produced over 24 inches of rain in some areas from Columbia to Charleston. On October 8 a dolphin was found alive entangled in a crab pot line on the south side of Charleston Harbor where the Ashley River discharges. A […]

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