I was down at the Marine Lab the last few days watching the amazing team there in action as they prepared for Hurricane Florence’s arrival. All students, staff and faculty have been evacuated, the Marine Lab is secured to the degree it can be and now we wait. Disasters are never fun, but they do provide opportunities to pull together and help others. It was great to witness that over the last few days. Many folks from the Nicholas School and Duke's Durham campus made generous offers to provide housing, help and support for our Marine Lab colleagues. Thank you! To all our Marine Lab friends, we will be thinking of you as the Marine Lab weathers this storm.
For those of you here in Durham. Florence is coming. It’s a big storm with some serious potential – it could turn out to be nothing much or it could be something impressive. It is always good to be prepared. I’ve heard lots of messaging from the media about the need to take the storm seriously and have been concerned that they aren’t giving enough information about what that means.
If you are planning to stay in the area – please do the following:

  1. Know if you are at flood risk. Go here for maps that will show you if you are at flood risk where you live. Make sure you know the safest routes if you need to evacuate your home or need to seek medical attention.                                                                                 

  2. Go through a Hurricane readiness checklist. There are a bunch of them out there on the internet.  Here is one from Ready.gov.                                                                 

  3. Be ready to be without power for some time. It’s not as scary as it sounds – humans did it for 1000s of years (many still do!). But think through what might make it less cumbersome (i.e., charge everything, fill the tub with water so you can flush the toilet, freeze a couple gallon jugs of water to help keep your freezer cold, have extra batteries and a flashlight, have food you don’t have to cook if you don’t have a gas stove, charge up your cell phone, make sure you have some cash since the ATMs will be down. Have a gallon of drinking water per day and ready-to-eat food on hand for at least five days. NOTE: you don’t need to buy bottled water – just get a few clean containers and fill them up with tap water.                                                                                                                                                           

  4. Fill up your car with gas – No power = no gas stations.                                                                               

  5. Have an evacuation plan – disasters are unpredictable. You’ll want to have at least a Plan B (ideally C and D) for where you will go and what you will do if you need to evacuate your house. Have a bag packed. Have a paper map printed with the address and SAFEST (see #1) driving route to get there (see also #4) – Internet may not be available to help you.    

 Be safe out there and see you on the other side of Florence next week!


Duke University received a $870,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to develop new models that examine the impact of U.S. Navy sonar on the movements of whales. The four-year project, which is part of a $1.5 million grant for work done collaboratively between Duke’s Department of Statistical Science, the Duke University Marine Lab and the University of St. Andrews, will use data collected from DUML’s Atlantic Behavioral Response Study off the coast of Cape Hatteras.


Congrats to Assistant Research Professor Kate Hoffman for being awarded the 2018 Joan M. Daisey Outstanding Young Scientist Award for her contributions to exposure science analysis. She received the honor at the annual meeting of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) in Ottawa, Canada last month.


It’s National Housekeepers Week, so let’s make sure to take some time to thank our wonderful staff — Pamela Bell-Jones, Helen Brogdon, Linda Larcher, Rashawn Bright, Reneé Wynn, Vanessa Bass, Carlos Borland and Barry Burnette — for all their hard work and dedication

N.C. State will hold a symposium on urban sustainability on Sept. 20-22. The R. L. Rabb Science and Society Symposium, which will focus on the emerging mega-cities of Latin America and South Asia, also will include flash talks on urban sustainability projects in the Triangle and North Carolina. The event is open to the public.

@DukeEnvironment - Congrats to Sarah Spiegler MEM'12 for being named N.C. Sentinel Site Cooperative Coordinator and marine education specialist for @SeaGrantNC
@Duke Environment - Even Dean Toddi Steelman got in on the cross-saw competition #WeAreDukeEnvironment #thedukeforest Go Toddi!