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Institute of Marine Sciences

For more information please visit the IMS website.

Located in Morehead City, NC

Rick Luettich, Director

Sewell Family Term Distinguished Professor of Marine Sciences

The Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) is an off-campus research, education, and service unit of UNC-CH that, together with the on-campus Department of Marine Sciences, forms the internationally recognized UNC Marine Sciences Program.

Mission Statement: The Institute’s mission is to conduct cutting-edge research, train young scientists, provide expertise to governmental agencies and industry, and to promote new knowledge to inform public policy.

The Institute is strategically located in North Carolina’s central coastal region on 6.5 acres of waterfront property on Bogue Sound. The unique environment, the Croatan-Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System, is the second largest estuarine system in the U.S. and an ideal site to study the ecology, conservation and restoration of coastal marine resources and to develop and apply new technologies in research.

Diversity Statement:  The Institute of Marine Sciences supports the University’s core values encouraging diversity and equal educational and employment opportunities throughout the University community.  These values are articulated in the University’s non-discrimination policy and by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.