Dean's Message

from Dean Jeff Vincent


August 14, 2017

Dear NSOE community,

This morning, Duke President Vince Price issued a swift and unequivocal condemnation of the repugnant violence and senseless loss of life that occurred in Charlottesville this weekend:

“What we have all seen in Charlottesville was a sickening display of hate, bigotry, racism, and ignorance, which must be denounced in strongest of terms.  We mourn the weekend’s terrible injuries and tragic loss of life.  That these events occurred on and around the grounds of one of our nation’s great universities only adds to our dismay and deepens our profound sympathies.  We salute the people of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia for their courage and unbroken devotion to community in the face of such hatred, and restate our own steadfast commitments to diversity, inclusion and respect for everyone at Duke.”--Vincent E. Price, President, Duke University

I wholeheartedly endorse President Price’s words, and I reaffirm our school’s commitment to a community free of hate and founded on respect and tolerance.



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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