Nicholas School Launches New River Science Seminar Series

January 13, 2017

Contact: Tim Lucas, 919/613-8084,

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment has launched a new seminar series that will bring some of the world’s leading experts in stream and ecosystem dynamics to campus.

The Grainger River Science Center Seminar Series, which is endowed by an anonymous gift to the university, kicked off today (Jan. 13) with a talk by University of Montana professor Brian Chaffin, who shared his expertise in Western water management and stakeholder negotiations.

You can watch a video interview with Chaffin here.

The new seminar series is organized by the Juli Plant Grainger Center for River Science at Duke.

Upcoming seminars include:

  • February 9 – Grace Wilkinson, assistant professor, Iowa State University
  • February 16 – Ryan Sponseller, senior lecturer, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umea University
  • March 2 - Wendy Palen, associate professor, Simon Fraser University
  • March 30 – Emma Rosi-Marshall, senior scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • April 6 - Ted Kennedy, aquatic biologist, USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center  
  • April 27 – Judson Harvey, senior research hydrologist, at the USGS National Research Program

All seminars will take place between 4 and 5 p.m. in Environment Hall’s Field Auditorium, followed by a light reception.

Additional speakers will be announced on the Nicholas School’s events calendar as details are confirmed.  

Founded as the Duke River Center in 2012, the Grainger Center for River Science is a multidisciplinary hub for the study of rivers and their watersheds. Researchers and students at the center work to help protect, manage and restore river ecosystems through fundamental scientific advances, applied outreach and the development of new science-based policy and management practices.


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