Nicholas School Leadership


Jeffrey R. Vincent

Stanback Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment
Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management

Jeff's research focuses on the economics of natural resource management and policy in developing countries with a primary focus on forestry issues in Asia. Currently, his main project is a 3-year NASA-funded project on mangrove conservation in South Asia. Much of his work focuses on the valuation of ecosystem services of tropical forests.

He consults regularly for the World Bank and other international organizations, and has directed or worked on research projects in Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Prior to joining Duke in July 2007, Jeff served on the faculty at the University of California San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies, Harvard University’s Institute for International Development, and Michigan State University’s Department of Forestry. He earned his doctoral degree from Yale University in 1988; his M.S. from Michigan State in 1984, and his A.B. from Harvard in 1981.

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Dean Urban
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives



contact Dean
(919) 684-6999

Charlotte Nunez-Wolff
COO/Senior Associate Dean for admin and finance



contact Charlotte
(919) 684-1433


academic leadership

Directors of Graduate Study

Director of Professional Studies

Director of Undergraduate Programs

Directors of Undergraduate Study

Division Chairs

  • Lincoln Pratson
    Earth and Ocean Sciences Division Chair
    Truman and Nellie Semans/Alex Brown & Sons Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences

    (919) 681-8077
  • Richard Di Giulio
    Environmental Science & Policy Division Chair
    Professor of Environmental Toxicology

    (919) 613-8024
  • Andy Read
    Marine Science & Conservation Division Chair
    Director, Duke Marine Lab
    Stephen A. Toth Professor of Marine Biology

    (252) 504-7590

International Programs

Program Chairs

administrative leadership

Development & Alumni Relations

Directs and manages the school’s fundraising efforts and alumni outreach; serves as primary liaison with the Board of Visitors and Alumni Council.
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Facilities & IT

Manages and maintains information technology platforms and services, including educational technologies, for the school and coordinates management of school facilities.
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Finance Office

Oversees business operations for the school, including financial managementa nd analytics associated with resource management and the budgeting process.
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HR & Administrative Services


Supports the operational efforts of the school ensuring consistent and accurate interpretation and application of human resources policies, practices, and guiding principles. Provides oversight and leadership to the school's clerical administrative support team and event planning director in support of senior leadership, faculty and divisions.
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Marketing & Communications

  • (Ms.) Scottee Cantrell
    Associate Dean for Marketing, Communications & Strategic Engagement
    (919) 613-8074

Coordinates strategic marketing of the school to external audiences; manages and develops the school's website, social media platforms, multimedia assets, media outreach, advertising and promotional materials.
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Student Services

  • Karen Kirchof
    Assistant. Dean, Student Services
    career and professional development
    (919) 613-8016
  • Sherri Nevius
    Assistant Dean, Student Services
    recruitment, admissions and executive education
    (919) 613-8063
  • Cindy Peters
    Assistant Dean, Student Services
    administration and financial aid 
    (919) 613-8071

Provides academic support services for on-campus and online students at all levels, coordinates executive education programs and directs student recruitment efforts. This office also provides resources and training to promote career readiness and advancement for professional graduate students and recent alumni, and serves as the school's primary liaison to prospective employers and internship organizations.
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