2014 I Am Duke Environment Photo Contest Winners

Wow! Our inaugural I am Duke Environment contest received a whopping 242 entries from faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and Board of Visitors members. The submitted images and their accompanying quotations held powerful stories of hard work and a passion for experiencing, protecting and bettering the planet and its resources — exactly what we at the Nicholas School are all about.

You are all true champions of the environment, so narrowing down our selection to a mere few was an incredibly difficult task. Please join us in congratulating the winners of the Grand Prize iPad and $100.com Amazon gift certificates:

  • 2014 I Am Duke Winner - Foukal

    Grand Prize winner
    Nicholas Foukal, 2nd year PhD, Earth and Ocean Sciences

    "Retrieving a CTD (conductivity, temperature and depth instrument) on a ship involves hooking the package and pulling it on board without causing too much damage to the boat or instrument. We did almost 200 CTD casts on this month-long cruise in the subpolar North Atlantic as part of the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP). CTDs are lowered to the bottom of the ocean to measure the temperature, salinity and depth of the water column as well as take samples at discrete depths along the way (gray tubes). The yellow instruments on the package are acoustic doppler current profilers (ADCP) that directly measure the current velocities. Professor Susan Lozier is the head PI on this international project that is putting moorings, gliders and floats into the subpolar North Atlantic to measure the overturning currents and help constrain the ocean's role in climate variability."

  • 2014 I Am Duke Winner - Feng

    Jinxi Feng MEM’16
    "This photo captured the moment that has ever changed the course of my life. It is not a joke to tell that we wear the facial mask in Beijing nearly everyday in the winter. After seeing the azure sky and breathing the fresh air in Tibet, I have been determined to bring back the environmental balance of Beijing and the world at large.”

  • 2014 I Am Duke Winner - Sutton

    Alexandra Sutton, 3rd Year PhD, Ecology
    "My work focuses on using household interviews to understand the experiences of rural pastoralists with predators (lions, leopards, cheetah, hyena) and determine the impact of conservation interventions. Here I am, sitting down with two of an mzee's wives to talk about children, cattle, and conservation."

  • 2014 I Am Duke Winner - Campbell

    Lauren Campbell MEM’11, Economist, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    "These eight Nicholas School alums take a break from ensuring just and reasonable energy rates for Americans to reminisce about bonfires in the Duke Forest. Their work at the Commission spans the full spectrum of the agency's mission: preparing environmental studies of hydropower impacts on aquatic biology, analyzing complex electricity market rules, developing policies to drive innovation in the energy industry, and protecting consumers through monitoring of market data and trends. An MEM degree takes two years, but the relationships last a lifetime.”
    [Photo includes: Top row: Kris FitzPatrick (MEM/MPP'13), Matt Jentgen (MEM/MPP'12), Adam Cornelius (MEM'14), Navin Shekar (MEM'11). Bottom row: Lauren Campbell (MEM'11), Betty Watson (MEM'10), Nicole Buell (MEM'11), Alicia Burtner (MEM'10)]

  • 2014 I Am Duke Winner - Basurto

    Xavier Basurto, Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science, Duke University Marine Lab
    "Tacho is a fisher, botanist, guide, and my friend. He lives in the small settlement of Palma Sola on San José Island, Gulf of California, Mexico.” (Photo taken by Liza Hoos, MEM’13.)

  • 2014 I Am Duke Winner - Arthofer

    Kevin Arthofer T’07, Owner of GROWdesigns Environmental Solutions
    "When the snow falls in the Sierras it acts as a blanket of frozen water only to melt in the spring time, rushing into the built California water systems. Understanding snowmelt hydrology through a combination of field measurement and computational modeling allows scientists and water managers to make predictions and recommendations about the future water supply. With the measurement sensors gone haywire after a recent storm, I dig snow pits, make repairs and download data from the data logger to be studied in the lab later.”

The winning photos will also be displayed on the Environment Hall Plasma Screen and in Dukenvironment magazine. Please enjoy perusing these 'photo stories' and more fantastic entries as we slowly release them on the Nicholas School’s website and Facebook page. All entries can also be seen on our Flickr page.

An immense thanks to all our contest participants!