Summer courses are open to college undergraduates, graduate students and post-baccalaureates. These courses are not open to high school students.


Monday, July 1 - August 10, 2024


Summer 2023 program costs can be found on the DUML Tuition and Fees page. 

Summer 2024, Term 2

The Duke Marine Lab is planning to teach courses in person for summer 2024. The Marine Lab is in the process of solidifying course offerings and will update this site as new courses are confirmed. We expect to host 4-5 courses in Summer 2024. 

Students can register in DukeHub starting on February 19, 2024. Duke students: Remember to mark yourself eligible to enroll prior to registration. Arrival and housing details will be sent via email to enrolled students after registration.  Enrollment in summer courses is first - come, first - served.  Gwendy.Womble@duke.edu can assist with any registration/academic questions. 



  • Instructor: Rachel Gittman
  • Curriculum Code: EI, NS, STS, W
  • Credit:1.0 course
  • Course Travel?: Local field trips only
  • DukeHub Listing: BIOLOGY/ENVIRON/MARSCI 270A. / ENVIRON 709A  
  • Prerequisites: Introductory biology; suggested: a policy and/or introductory ecology course.

Introduction to the key concepts of ecology and policy relevant to conservation issues at the population to ecosystems level. Focus on the origin and maintenance of biodiversity and conservation applications from both the biology and policy perspectives (for example, endangered species, aquaculture, captive breeding, reserve design, habitat fragmentation, ecosystem restoration/rehabilitation).


  • Instructors: Kelly Stewart, Matthew Godfrey
  • Curriculum Code: NS, STS
  • Credit:1.0 course (4 credit/semester hours)
  • Course Travel?: Local field trips only
  • DukeHub Listing: BIOLOGY/ENVIRON/MARSCI 375LA . Graduate registration: ENVIRON 777LA
  • Prerequisites: Introductory Biology or Environmental Science (AP/IB credit counts toward this prerequisite)

Essential biology of sea turtles (evolution, anatomy, physiology, behavior, life history, population dynamics) and their conservation needs; emphasis on their role in marine ecosystem structure and function. Basic ecological concepts integrated with related topics including the conservation and management of endangered species, the contributions of technology to the management of migratory marine species, the role of research in national and international law and policy, and the veterinary aspects of conservation. Includes laboratory and field experience with animals and with their habitat requirements.


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    For help with undergraduate course registration, email gwendy.womble@duke.edu.