The Nicholas School of the Environment is headquartered in the Levine Science Research Center (LSRC), an interdisciplinary research facility situated on Science Drive on Duke University's West Campus in Durham, N.C. The building includes state-of-the-art classrooms, student computer clusters, an advanced computing laboratory specializing in the analysis of geospatial data, and research laboratories and instrumentation supporting both teaching and research for the programs offered by the school. This building also is the home of the School's Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy.
The School's Division of Earth & Ocean Sciences occupies the recently renovated laboratories in the Old Chemistry Building located on the West Campus Quad near the Duke Chapel and Perkins Library. The building houses classrooms and teaching labs as well as a variety or research facilities including geochemical analytical instruments and computer workstations.
The Duke Forest, an important resource for Nicholas School students and faculty, comprises just over 7,000 acres of land, lying primarily in two counties adjacent to the Duke University campus. A variety of ecosystems, forest cover types, plant species, soils, topography, and past land-use conditions are represented within its boundaries. With its long-term records of forest cover, the Duke Forest is a resource for studies related to forest ecosystems and the environment that is unequaled at any other university.
Research centers in the Nicholas School are by design and intent flexible, multidisciplinary units. A major aim is to bring together specialized groups of scholars and professionals from many disciplines to focus their attention on current natural resource and environmental problems.
The centers are headed by a director and staffed by an interdisciplinary faculty from Duke, neighboring universities, and a variety of public and private research organizations. Depending upon the level of funding, the centers may also employ research assistants and other support staff. The centers do not offer courses or degrees; rather, they offer students, scientists and other professionals an opportunity to participate in research through collaboration with affiliated faculty.
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