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Sustainability and Academics

Office of Sustainability

Elizabeth City State University has a long history of serving as an important academic and cultural center for northeast North Carolina. A constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system, ECSU is committed to fulfilling our mission of serving as a valuable resource for building the state's intellectual capital through teaching, research and community outreach. Regarding sustainability, ECSU strives to lead the way for our region by incorporating the green movement into our practices, actions, and academics.

The Office of Sustainability looks forward to recognizing current sustainable classes, and creating new course work to introduce and prepare our students for the global job market.

To see which ECSU courses are related to sustainable topics and practices, click here.

Soil and Sediment Research

Soil and Sediment Research

The ECSU Department of Biology, under the director of Dr. Eyualem Abebe, is currently conducting research to better understand soil and sediment biological processes and factors that potentially impact those processes. Currently Dr. Abebe's research includes aquatic and terrestrial sites.

In the coastal waters of North Carolina & Lake Phelps, NC, Dr. Abebe's research students explore the biological diversity and ecology of sediment inhabiting microscopic unicellular and multicellular organisms. These studies will contribute to making informed decisions as to the sustainable use of these aquatic sites and preserving our precious freshwater resources.

Dr. Abebe's group is also exploring chemical pesticide alternative for agricultural use in rural northeast North Carolina. The damage on crops caused by agricultural pests in North Carolina necessitates the extensive use of chemicals to control those insects; however, the chemicals used are not without environmental and health hazards. As a result, there is a continuous search to replace those chemicals by biological agents. Dr. Abebe's research group is currently investigating the use of nematodes to control agricultural pest insects in North Carolina.


Linda HaydenThe goal of CERSER is to develop and implement innovative and relevant education and research collaborations focused on ice sheet, coastal, ocean, and marine research. Led by Dr. Linda Hayden, CERSER's research ranges from water quality along the coastline of North Carolina to remote sensing of polar ice sheets in Antarctica. Click on the links below to learn more about CERSER.