PhD Alumni

Graduates of our doctoral programs follow a diverse array of career paths. One thing is for sure— graduates are all over the place! 
 

WHERE ARE THEY NOW

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Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Kristin Burkholder is a physical oceanographer and educator focused on both understanding our natural environment and on sharing her passion...
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Professor of Public Health
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When your mentors become names of buildings, you must have done something right. For my masters it was Dr. C.G...
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Principle Geologist and Project Manager
PhD
Matt Grove has over 13 years of diverse experience as a geologist including remediation, hydrogeologic investigation, petroleum geology and geochemistry...
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Associate Conservation Scientist, Adj Assistant Professor, Executive Director
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Dr. Krithi K. Karanth (Associate Conservation Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society) is also a Ramanujan Fellow and Executive Director of...
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Senior Fellow and Convenor
PhD
Jagdish Krishnaswamy is one of India's leading ecohydrologists generating knowledge that informs India's complex challenges in managing ecosystems and rivers...
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Director, Social Science
PhD
Michael B. Mascia, Ph.D., is the Director of Social Science at World Wildlife Fund and leads the WWF Conservation Impact...
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Senior Scientist & Deputy Director
PhD
J. Patrick Megonigal is a Senior Scientist and Deputy Director at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. He received B.S. and...
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Advisory Scientist (retired)
I worked for the US Forest Service from 1963-65, and returned to Duke finishing my PhD in 1970. I then...
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Geologist/Entrepreneur
PhD
Trevor Nace graduated in 2012 with a PhD in Geology and an enthusiasm to practice and communicate geology. After 5...
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Assistant Professor of Oceanography
Jaime Palter started her educational career at Duke as an undergraduate earning her bachelor of sciences degree as a double...
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Director
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Dianne Pataki uses advanced measurements of biogeochemical processes to assess and quantify the value of ecosystem services. She is a...
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MASTS Senior Research Fellow
Schick is a MASTS Senior Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Currently he works in the School of...