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.
EOS faculty and students engage in a wide range of topics and programs across the Nicholas School and Duke’s campuses while administering its EOS undergraduate degrees, Masters of Environmental Management tracks, and the EOS Ph.D. degree.
Faculty research in the EOS Division is focused on the behavior of the Earth’s surface, its oceans, climate, and interior. Our basic and applied research spans areas including:
- petrology and geochemistry
- energy sources, production, and policy
- geomorphology and coastal dynamics
- freshwater quality
- watershed and eco-hydrology·
- large-scale ocean circulation
- biogeochemical oceanography
- atmospheric and climate science
- environmental policy