Broader Impacts

Lesson Plan Development

Duke’s Community Science Team collaborates with scientists to create original lesson plans on a variety of science topics and for a variety of audiences. Contact us if you are interested in working with us to mobilize your science into activities, lesson plans, or a curriculum program, and more.

Environmental Education Research

Since 2018, CSI has collaborated with Dr. Kathryn Stevenson’s Environmental Education Lab at North Carolina State University to research environmental education programs.

PhD student Jenna Hartley has been studying the role of inter-generational transfer and environmental education and using DUML’s marine debris curriculum as a test case.  Jenna is tracking what behaviors 4th and 5th grade students are changing as a result of this program and if they are able to increase knowledge and change the behavior of their friends and family.


PhD student Lauren Gibson is exploring aspects of intergenerational transfer among high school students and their communities. Lauren is tracking if and how high school students change local perception of water quality issues among their family members and community members.  



Increasing Community Resilience

Dr. Patrick Jeffs, Founder and CEO of The Resiliency Solution

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Science Initiative shifted gears to find ways to support the community during this difficult time. We partnered with Dr. Patrick Jeffs from The Resiliency Solution, an organization dedicated to reducing chronic stress and increasing resiliency, to develop and deliver a Resiliency Training Program to Duke student mentors. The training series focused on ways to increase individual resilience and teach resilience to others, with a focus on multicultural awareness.


Educator workshops

For the past three years, the Community Science Initiative and the NCSU Environmental Education Lab have hosted marine debris and water quality curriculum workshops for local North Carolina educators. In 2021, we were able to welcome 23 teachers to the Duke Marine Lab for a workshop on our Adopt A Drain curriculum!

NC educators learn from Jenna Hartley and the DUML Community Science Team at the 2019 Marine Debris Workshop