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the latest from Dean Jeff Vincent


Hi Everyone,

Diversity and inclusion are very much on my mind right now, for some reasons that make me feel good – check out this video of Mamie Parker, the first African-American chief of staff at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who spoke at our school recently – and others that have the opposite effect. For instance, the current travel ban our government has imposed on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Standing up against discrimination based on nationality, faith, or any other feature of our complex identities as human beings is a necessary defense of values our environmental community holds dear.

A commitment to D&I also is essential to our school’s mission, to create knowledge and global leaders of consequence for a sustainable future. Simply put, we do a better job of identifying and building knowledge about environmental problems, developing novel research tactics to confront them, and teaching about them when we bring diverse perspectives into the school.

Mamie Parker’s recounting of her life and her career as a scientist and conservation leader illustrated these points vividly. It was an affirming message of diversity as a source of strength for the environmental profession, and for the United States, too.


about Jeff Vincent

Jeff Vincent is the Stanback Dean, Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management, and Co-Chair of the Master of Forestry (MF) Program in the Nicholas School.

Jeff’s research focuses on the economics of natural resource management and policy in developing countries, with a primary focus on forestry issues in Asia. Currently, his main project is a 3-year NASA-funded project on mangrove conservation in South Asia, which he is implementing with a multidisciplinary group of colleagues at Duke and in South Asia. He has related work on mangroves underway in the Philippines and Thailand. Much of his work focuses on the valuation of ecosystem services of tropical forests. He also dedicates much time to capacity-building programs aimed at young environmental economists in developing countries around the world.

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