ECU professor interviewed from ‘bottom of the earth’

In a video conference from the “bottom of the earth,” ECU researcher Reide Corbett said that Palmer Station in western Antarctica feels like “the top of the world.” Corbett is leading a team of scientists in Antarctica studying how the flow of fresh groundwater from the continent delivers nutrients into the coastal ocean.

The three-year project is funded by a $530,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs.



Developed by the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, the video included a question and answer session with students from Manteo and Columbia high schools in eastern North Carolina.

Corbett, a professor in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Geological Sciences, a research scientist at the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy and co-program head for coastal processes at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, has studied submarine groundwater discharge throughout his academic career.

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