Marine Science & Conservation (MSC) Division

Since the Nicholas School was founded in 1991 - bringing together the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Department of Geology and the Duke Marine Lab - the faculty have been organized into three Divisions. The Division of Marine Science and Conservation (MSC) is literally defined by its geography: When the Duke Marine Lab - operating on Pivers Island in Beaufort, N.C., since 1938 - became part of the school, it  became its own Division. They are primarily focused on education, research, and service to understand marine systems, including the human component, and to develop approaches for marine conservation and restoration.

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PhD students work directly with MSC faculty while pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, through the University Program in Ecology or Environmental Policy, or in the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program.

MSC faculty serve as Program Chairs for the Coastal Environmental Management concentration in the Master of Environmental Management (MEM) program and teach and serve as advisors to MEM students. MSC faculty also teach and advise a wide range of undergraduate students from Duke and other universities who take courses throughout the year at the Duke Marine Lab.



Faculty research in the MSC Division is focused on oceanography, marine biology, marine biomedicine, marine biotechnology, and coastal and marine policy and management. Faculty and students study the biology of marine species, address global-scale marine issues, and use advanced technologies, analysis, and modeling that allow science and policy to be evaluated across space, time and disciplines.