The nationally recognized programs involve what Sartarelli calls “multi-disciplinarity” in the accompanying video – overlap with such diverse fields as geo-science, ocean physics, oceanography and economics.
But marine science isn’t purely academic, Sartarelli says.
“It also has resonance to economic development – direct economic development,” he says, noting that UNCW is cultivating both shellfish and oysters in its aquaculture programs.
“We have a full development of new strains of oysters, perhaps more adapted to the conditions of our oceans today,” he says. “This is where there’s an insertion – a very practical insertion – into the economic reality of the state.”