Australia / Pacific Islands News

From left, UNC Geography Professor Steve Walsh, Senior Associate Dean Jonathan Hartlyn, Dean Karen Gil and Vice Chancellor for Research Barbara Entwisle at the Galapagos Science Center.

Unique UNC Presence in Galapagos Helps Inform Conservation Debate

May 10, 2011

In the Galapagos Islands, future prosperity depends on delicately balancing growth spurred by the red-hot ecotourism trend while also protecting the environment. Home to the world-renowned Galapagos National Park, only three percent of the islands may be developed for other uses. “It’s a microcosm of contested places and spaces that suffer from the collision of conservation… Read more »

Archaeology Professor Creates New International Space Studies Program

September 1, 2010

Scott Madry, research associate professor of archaeology, has created a new space studies program for the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. Madry will design and oversee the first Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program in partnership with ISU and the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia, from Jan. 5 to Feb. 4, 2011. Madry is an expert… Read more »

$1.8 Million Grant Expands UNC-Led International Telescope Network

April 8, 2010

A $1.8 million, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation will add six telescopes to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Skynet Robotic Telescope Network, expanding its reach from three to four continents. Skynet is a software program developed by the University that controls the telescopes remotely. The network is used by professional… Read more »

UNC Study: Coral Loss Slowed, Reversed by Marine Protected Areas

February 17, 2010

A new worldwide study shows marine protected areas (MPAs), underwater parks where fishing and other potentially harmful activities are regulated, provide an added bonus – helping coral reef ecosystems ward off and recover from threats to their health. Researchers also found the protective effects of MPAs generally strengthen over time. The findings, published in the… Read more »


February 1, 2010

The first time I lifted the lid off a beehive, I was greeted by the gentle, energizing hum of beating wings, the flow of guard bees darting towards my face, and what I have come to know as the most comforting smell I’ve ever experienced—a mixture of warmed honey, fresh beeswax and nature’s sweetest nectars…. Read more »

Study Abroad at 3200 Feet

December 1, 2009

Selecting a far-away land for your travel experience is a romantic idea, filled with images of isolated beauty and untouched wonders. It is an irresistible prospect to transgress vast continents and oceans to set foot on a land your friends and family know barely anything about. Overpowered by excitement, it’s easy to glaze over the… Read more »