Research Centers & Labs

The Nicholas School of the Environment is headquartered in Grainger Hall at 9 Circuit Drive located on Duke’s West Campus and linked by a walkway to the A Wing of the Levine Science Research Center (LSRC), its former home. The 70,000-square-foot, five-story glass- and-concrete building incorporates state-of-the-art green features and technologies inside and out. The hall houses five classrooms, a 105- seat auditorium, 45 private offices, 72 open office spaces, a 32-seat computer lab, an outdoor courtyard and an environmental art gallery, as well as conference rooms, shared workrooms and common areas. It also is home to the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy. Green features range from rooftop solar panels and innovative climate control and water systems, to special windows that moderate light and heat, to an organic orchard and sustainably designed landscaping.
The Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, which currently has laboratories in the Old Chemistry building on the West Campus, will relocate in the summer of 2018 to the A wing of the LSRC, which is undergoing renovations. The division maintains state-of-the art facilities for geochemical analysis and climate modeling studies. The A wing will also house Nicholas School student services

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:

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.