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Delaware Coast Day 

A little drizzle did not dampen spirits at the 36th annual Coast Day on Oct. 7, where thousands of attendees enthusiastically explored ocean resources through engaging, family-friendly activities.

Organized by the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and Delaware Sea Grant at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, the event showcased marine and environmental initiatives underway by UD scientists and their many partners.

A special exhibit titled "Check It Out!" inside the Cannon Laboratory delved into life in the deep sea as well as research happening along the coast. Young visitors imagined what it might be like to work around the ocean by trying on scientists' gear and following their personal interests along a marine career decision tree.

Plenty of UD researchers were on hand to explain what they do through hands-on displays, poster presentations and demonstrations in labs and outdoor tents. Wind energy, climate change, microbial scales, algal blooms, ocean sounds and crab ecology were just a few of the many topics covered.

"Coast Day is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the First State and the citizens of our nation," CEOE Dean Nancy Targett said.

Targett was joined by Gov. Jack Markell, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and UD President Patrick Harker at the kickoff ceremony. Harker summarized some of the college's recent research both locally and around the world to assist Delaware communities and benefit the environment.

"Every day, the faculty and students of this college truly lead the way in helping us understand this amazing environment of ours and how to best protect and preserve it," Harker said.

The officials honored the winners of the Coast Day Essay Contest, in which fifth-grade students were asked to describe their favorite aquatic place in Delaware and how they can help care for it. Sky Dunmyer of Shields Elementary School in Lewes won first place, followed by Joshua Miller and Oliver Conaty of St. Ann School in Wilmington for second and third places, respectively.

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School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA • Phone: 302-831-2841
Geography: 302-831-2294 • Geology: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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