Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence made landfall on the North Carolina coast on Friday, Sept. 14, causing wind damage and flooding across the Carolinas. The Duke University Marine Lab campus in Beaufort, N.C., is fully operational and is in the process of repairing the damage incurred during the storm. 

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Duke Marine Lab Update 


  • Our normal class schedule has resumed as of  Monday, Oct. 1. We are maintaining our normal academic calendar, including Fall and Thanksgiving breaks. The Panama field course will go on as scheduled.
  • We have secured housing while we refurbish our dorms for our residential undergrad students, as well as those from UNC's Institute of Marine Sciences.
  • The Boathouse, Pilkey Lab, Social Science Cottage, Library, Auditorium, and Student Center will be open for business as usual on Monday, Sept. 24.
  • Please be mindful of construction personnel from After Disaster that are actively working around around campus.
  • Please note that some areas of campus will remain closed and will be designated with orange safety cones and signage. 
  • Community Day has been postponed until after Fall Break.
  • The seawater system is operational and the algae ponds are up and running.

Buildings Currently Open

  • Bookhout Research Lab
  • Dorms 1-4
  • Repass Center (Lecture and Lab)
  • Pilkey Lab 
  • Library and Auditorium Building, including Conference Room A, B, C
  • Student Center
  • Dining Hall
  • Admin mailroom and Ship's Store
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Social Science Cottage

Buildings being repaired through October

  • Marine Operations
  • Marine Lab Docks
  • Dorms 5& 6
  • Lab 1
  • Lab 2
  • Lab 5
  • Admin (except for mailroom)
  • Boathouse
  • Drone Lab


If you have questions about student concerns, please reach out to your respective student coordinators:

Hurricane Florence Emergency Student Aid Fund for Marine Lab Students

In view of the terrible devastation of Hurricane Florence and its aftermath, Dean Toddi Steelman and Marine Lab Director Andy Read have established a temporary emergency fund to assist Nicholas School students with short-term emergency needs directly related to the storm. The fund is targeted for students studying at Duke's Nicholas School’s Beaufort campus; however, if you are a Nicholas School student on the Durham campus with an emergency need due to damages from Hurricane Florence, please contact Sherri Nevius ( or Cindy Peters (

Please review the below eligibility guidelines. The required application may be accessed here.  

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES (all of the following must apply)

  • Applicant must be a currently enrolled full-time degree-seeking student at Duke University’s Beaufort campus negatively impacted by Hurricane Florence and/or its aftermath.
  • Applicants must have an immediate financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident or other unexpected critical incident.
  • Applicant must be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial hardship and complete all questions in full (see application).
  • Applicant must have explored other possible resources and found they are either unavailable or insufficient.


The following includes typical expenses that may be covered by this funding source. This list is not an exhaustive list.

  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, flood, theft, or natural disaster
  • Emergency or temporary housing assistance
  • Medications or costs related to emergency medical care (not covered by insurance)
  • Food and meals (excluding alcohol)
  • Emergency transportation costs
  • Safety related needs
  • Replacement books and other essential academic expenses
  • Loss of childcare

This funding is to provide immediate temporary relief. For larger amounts or long-term needs, students are encouraged to discuss their situation with their Financial Aid Officer to explore other options, such as loans.


The following includes typical expenses that are not covered by this funding source. This list is not an exhaustive list.

  • Normal and anticipated academic expenses (tuition, fees, health insurance, books, rent)
  • Penalties, fines, tickets, legal fees
  • Non-essential utilities, household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, or non-emergency travel
  • Replacement of non-essential personal items due to fire, flood, theft or natural disaster


Contact: Cindy Peters ( or Sherri Nevius (

Funding decisions will be made on a rolling basis and will be communicated to each applicant as soon as possible. If offered an emergency funding award, the funds will be applied directly to the student’s bursar account and made available as a direct deposit.


  • Business Office staff are located in Pilkey 104B.
  • The rest of the Administrative team can be found in Repass Teaching Lab.

Aerial view of the initial damage (taken in September)

Courtesy of Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab