UNC-W research team awarded sizable grant seagrass resiliency in coastal ecosystems
A research team at the University of North Carolina Wilmington has been awarded a $400,000 grant to study underwater habitats along the east coast.
Dr. Jessie Jarvis and Dr. Stephanie Kamel at the UNCW Center for Marine Science received the National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Collaborative Grant to study the seagrass necessary for coastal ecosystems to survive.
Climate change has taken a toll on underwater habitats, with large-scale diebacks of seagrass in the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. In North Carolina, however, certain types of seagrass have shown to be more resilient to rising water temperatures.
Kamel says observing specific genes could show what makes certain types of seagrass more resilient.
Researchers hope to start sampling seagrass in April and analyze the genetics by this summer.