Academic Programs

The Duke University Marine Laboratory operates year-round and is a coastal campus within Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Our faculty are at the forefront of understanding marine science, ecology and conservation, and governance through leadership in research, training, and communication. Research interests span marine microbes to marine mammals—visit our faculty webpages to learn more about their specific research.

We offer unparalleled opportunities to learn through small classes and unique research opportunities for undergraduate, professional masters and PhD students. Faculty and students specialize in hands-on fieldwork in coastal sounds and marshes, coral reefs, the coastal and open oceans, the deep-sea and polar regions. Research approaches include offshore research cruises, remote sensing, field experimentation, observation using unmanned drones, computational modeling, conservation genetics/genomics, and policy analyses.

Faculty and students work together in integrative and interdisciplinary teams to understand and solve problems in the marine environment. Students from any university can study at the Duke University Marine Laboratory, including students from our Marine Sciences Education Consortium of 38 member institutions. Each year, over 3,500 scientists, students and visitors find or rekindle a passion to learn about the marine environment. Join us and become one of them.