Marine Lab Videos

Forging a Sustainable Future: Xavier Basurto Believes Knowing How People Organize Is Key

Xavier Basurto, Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science at the Duke Marine Lab, believes knowing how people organize is the key to good fisheries policy.

Summer at Duke University Marine Lab

Duke Marine Lab: Studying Science and Sustainability

"Most of the surface of the planet Earth is ocean," says Marine Lab director Cindy Van Dover. "And if we don't understand how the ocean works and how the animal organisms in the ocean work, the processes, the dynamics, we'll miss most of how the planet works, and so ... understanding marine science is crucial."

Marine science and sustainability are what the Marine Lab is all about.

From giant sea creatures like humpback whales to dolphins and small turtles, from the genetic links between different populations of a single species to the tiniest but most abundant life forms on earth (bacteria), from the interconnectedness of the endangered whooping crane and the blue crab to the interconnectedness of human populations seeking sustainable solutions to safeguard our precious natural resources, the Marine Lab strives to understand our world -- and that place that holds so much mystery, the deep blue sea.

In this video, Van Dover and other faculty members talk about their work at the Marine Laboratory and how it all fits into a better understanding of the ocean ecosystem and its linkages to all of life.

The Marine Lab a campus of Duke University and a unit within the Nicholas School of the Environment. The lab's mission is education, research, and service to understand marine systems, including the human component, and to develop approaches for marine conservation and restoration.

Forging a Sustainable Future: Brian Silliman