Lincoln F. Pratson

Lincoln F. Pratson

Gendell Family Professor of Energy and the Environment

Primary Appointment

Earth & Ocean Sciences Division

Lincoln Pratson is a professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment's Division of Earth & Ocean Sciences. He has been Chair of EOS, Director of the Duke University Energy Hub, Associate Director of the Gendell Center for Engineering, Energy & the Environment at Duke, served on the Executive Committee for the Research Triangle Energy Consortium (, and was a co-founder & co-director of the Sustainable Energy Fellowship ( Pratson is a geologist/geophysicist by training. He has consulted for major oil companies and helped co-found an energy service company that provides state-of-the-art gravity data used to explore for offshore oil and gas reserves. Pratson co-leads a research group at Duke on energy systems. The research has been supported by the DOE, DoD and private industry. Working with students, Pratson is conducting research into carbon capture and storage, integrating different forms of energy storage and renewable energy generation into the electricity industry operations, assessing current and future water use in thermo-electric power generation, and evaluating future demand for and supplies of energy resources.

In The News


Henry, CL, and Pratson, LF. "Effects of Environmental Temperature Change on the Efficiency of Coal- and Natural Gas-Fired Power Plants." Environmental science & technology 50, no. 17 (September 2016): 9764-9772.
Worman, SL, Pratson, LF, Karson, JA, and Klein, EM. "Global rate and distribution of H 2 gas produced by serpentinization within oceanic lithosphere." Geophysical Research Letters 43, no. 12 (June 28, 2016): 6435-6443.
Alqahtani, BJ, Holt, KM, Patiño-Echeverri, D, and Pratson, L. "Residential Solar PV Systems in the Carolinas: Opportunities and Outcomes." Environmental science & technology 50, no. 4 (February 2016): 2082-2091.
Haerer, D, and Pratson, L. "Employment trends in the U.S. Electricity Sector, 2008–2012." Energy Policy 82 (July 2015): 85-98.
Bradbury, K, Pratson, L, and Patiño-Echeverri, D. "Economic viability of energy storage systems based on price arbitrage potential in real-time U.S. electricity markets." Applied Energy 114 (February 1, 2014): 512-519.


ENVIRON 231: Energy and the Environment (ENVIRON 231: Energy and the Environment)
ENRGYENV 625: Energy, Markets and Innovation (ENRGYENV 625: Energy, Markets and Innovation)
ENVIRON 712A: Hydrocarbons: Production to Policy Seminar (ENVIRON 712A: Hydrocarbons: Production to Policy Seminar)
ENERGY 711: Energy and Environment (ENERGY 711: Energy and Environment)
EOS 231: Energy and the Environment (EOS 231: Energy and the Environment)

Contact Information

Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328
9 Circuit Drive, 3119 Environment Hall
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., Columbia University (1993)
M.Phil., Columbia University (1992)
M.S., University Rhode Island (1987)
B.S., Trinity University (1983)

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