Earth & Ocean Sciences (EOS) Division

Since the Nicholas School was founded in 1991 - bringing together the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Department of Geology and the Duke Marine Lab - the faculty have been organized into three Divisions. The Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS) grew out of the Duke Geology Department, which was formed in 1936 and - unlike the other two divisions – had its roots in a more traditional departmental structure with its own programs. EOS Faculty are primarily focused on understanding of the processes that affect the behavior of the Earth’s surface, its oceans, climate and interior. They are housed in Environment Hall on Circuit Drive and the A-Wing of the adjacent Levine Science Research Center (LSRC). Some faculty still have offices and labs in the Old Chemistry building on Main campus until renovations are completed on the LSRC.

 

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

EOS faculty and students engage in programs focusing on global change, coastal and marine environments, and energy and the environment.

PhD students work directly with EOS Faculty while pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, through the University Program in Ecology or Environmental Policy, or in the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program.

EOS faculty serve as Program Chairs for the Energy and Environment, Global Environmental Change, and Water Resources Management concentrations in the Master of Environmental Management (MEM) program and teach and serve as advisors to MEM students. EOS Faculty also teach and advise Duke undergraduate students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Earth and Ocean Sciences.

 

RESEARCH FOCUS

Faculty research in the EOS Division is focused on processes that affect the behavior of the Earth’s surface, its oceans, climate and interior, including such topics as energy sources and production and their effect on global climate; wetland restoration; water resources conservation and allocation; and water quality issues, fracking and coal ash; and large-scale ocean circulation.