Dr. Michael Piehler has assumed the role of Interim Executive Director of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute following the retirement of founding Executive Director Dr. Nancy White. Piehler has been an integral part of CSI, serving as Program Head for the Estuarine Ecology and Human Health research program since 2004.
He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from UNC Chapel Hill and, since 1998, has been a member of the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Science. His research occurs at the coastal land-water interface and is focused on quantifying the transport and transformation of nutrients. His research is funded by federal, state and regional sources and he serves on scientific advisory panels for governments, non-government organizations and industry.
Piehler says he is excited about this next stage in the development of CSI: "I am honored to have been tapped to lead during this important period in the development of Coastal Studies Institute. We have remarkable people and facilities and I look forward to helping us excel.”