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NC - Peterson Leaves Legacy of Coastal Science

MOREHEAD CITY – Noted coastal researcher, educator and environmental advocate Charles H. “Pete” Peterson of the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences died Saturday.

Peterson, 74, of Pine Knoll Shores, died surrounded by family at home.

He was distinguished professor emeritus at the UNC institute in Morehead City. He made studying and conserving coastal ecosystems his life’s work and getting scientific findings into the public realm was important to him, those close to Peterson said.

UNC, which announced Peterson’s death Wednesday, described him as a pioneer in the field of coastal ecology and a passionate advocate for ensuring that good science ended up in the hands of those who could make a difference and said the marine science community mourns the loss.

“Pete will be greatly missed at IMS and throughout the marine sciences community,” said Rick Luettich, director of IMS. “He leaves an extensive scientific legacy in the understanding and the conservation of coastal-zone ecosystems and he was deeply committed to bringing science to policy and action. For over four decades he set a compelling example of how to blend imaginative research, passionate teaching, and committed service for the public good. His legacy will live on through the many students and colleagues he influenced and the substantial policy he effected.”

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