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Peggy Mullin

Research Technician, Carolina Drone Lab


Peggy Mullin is the lead research technician on the NOAA “Keeping it in the System” Effects of Sea Level Rise project focused on using dredged sediment to restore degraded marshes in areas affected by sea level rise. She is also a founding member of the Carolina Drone Lab (CARDNL) at UNC, which uses drone-based platforms to further scientific research and education.

Originally from Bucks County, PA, she spent her undergraduate career as the first B. Robert Williamson, Jr. Scholar studying ecology and photojournalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, taking advantage of many of the local and global opportunities for research and study available at the university. After graduating with highest honors in 2019, she worked for a private firm in Boulder, Colorado using small planes and drones to quantify methane emissions on oil and gas facilities for ExxonMobile, ConocoPhillips and other leading producers. Since returning to UNC in late 2020, she has served as the lead technician for the ESLR-KITS project and has helped found and grow the Carolina Drone Lab at UNC.

She currently resides in Carrboro, likes little treats and Mexican food, and can usually be found near a river, lake, or hammock with her partner Sam and their dog, Beau.


B.S., Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2019