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About Us

Oceans@Duke is an interdisciplinary community of faculty and students at Duke University working at the intersections of ocean science, policy and business to promote ocean sustainability. We enable faculty and students across Duke University to collaborate with current faculty and representation from the Nicholas School of the Environment, Fuqua Business School, Duke Law School, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke Medical School, Pratt School of Engineering, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China. 

Together, the Working Group and Student Club drives interdisciplinary collaboration, amplifies our individual efforts to increase the scale and impact by tapping into our network of experts and seeks to raise awareness of “blue” private and public sector careers. We achieve this by educating current and future ocean-interested leaders, fostering interdisciplinary research and thought leadership, and connecting with ocean stakeholders to turn ideas into reality.

These goals necessitate a wide range of backgrounds to better understand how each of our skills can drive sustainable ocean uses, flourishing ocean ecosystems and just communities. For more on the Oceans@Duke Student Club, see here.

Our Oceans@Duke Community

Faculty and Staff

Lisa Campbell, PhD
Rachel Carson Distinguished Professor of Marine Affairs & Policy 
Director of Graduate Studies, Marine Science & Conservation
Marine Science & Conservation Marine Lab
Faculty Bio | Lab Webpage

Meagan Dunphy-Daly, PhD
Lecturing Fellow and Director in the Marine Science and Conservation Division of the Nicholas School
Marine Science & Conservation Division
Faculty Bio | Lab Webpage

Kathinka Furst, PhD
Associate Director, Environmental Research Center at Duke Kunshan University
Faculty Bio

Patrick Halpin, PhD
Associate Professor of Marine Geospatial Ecology
Co-Chair, Coastal Environmental Management Program
Marine Science & Conservation
Faculty Bio | Lab Webpage

Laurens Howle, PhD
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Associate Professor in the Division of Marine Science and Conservation
Pratt School of Engineering
Faculty Bio

Katie Kross
Managing Director of the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE)
Fuqua School of Business
Faculty Bio

Rachel Lance, PhD
Assistant Consulting Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology
Faculty Bio | Professional Page

David McAdams, PhD
Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business
Faculty Bio

Doug Nowacek, PhD*
Distinguished Professor of Conservation Technology in Environment and Engineering; Randolph K. Repass and Sally-Christine Rodgers University Distinguished Professor of Conservation Technology in Environment and Engineering
Nicholas School of the Environment; Pratt School of Engineering
Faculty Bio | Linkedin | Lab Webpage

Michelle Nowlin, JD
Clinical Professor of Law
Co-Director, Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
Faculty Bio

Dirk Philipsen, PhD
Associate Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Faculty Bio | Professional Page

Amy Pickle, JD
Director, State Policy Program
Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School
Nicholas Institute for Policy Solutions
Faculty Bio (Nic Institute) | Faculty Bio (Law School)

Andrew Read, PhD
Stephen A. Toth Professor of Marine Biology
Chair, Marine Science & Conservation Division | Director of the Duke Marine Lab
Faculty Bio | Lab Webpage

Steve Roady, JD
Professor of the Practice of Law
Professor of Practice of marine science and conservation at the Nicholas School of the Environment
Faculty Fellow in Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Faculty Bio | Earthjustice Bio

Drew Shindell, PhD
Nicholas Distinguished Professor of Earth Science in the Earth & Ocean Sciences Division 
Faculty Bio | Academic Page

Dan Vermeer, PhD*
Associate Professor of the Practice, Fuqua School of Business Executive Director, Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment
Duke University (EDGE)
Faculty Bio | Linkedin | Twitter

John Virdin, PhD*
Director, Ocean and Coastal Policy Program
Nicholas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions
Nicholas Institute Page | Linkedin

Students and Alumni

Gabrielle Carmine
Marine Geospatial Ecology PhD Candidate
Student Bio | MGEL Bio

Megan Cook
MEM ’22, Environmental Leadership
Nautilus Live Page 

Kim Corcoran (Alum)
MEM ’21, Coastal Environmental Management
Linkedin | Twitter

Zoie Diana
Environmental Toxicology PhD Candidate
Personal Page

Cristiana Falvo (Alum)
MEM ’21, Coastal Environmental Management
Linkedin | ORCID

Juliette Lee*
MEM ’22, Coastal Environmental Management
Linkedin

Brittany Tholan*
MEM ’22, International Public Policy and Coastal Environmental Management
Linkedin

 

Katherine Wu*
MEM ’21, Engineering Management
Linkedin

Andrew Jacobs*
MBA / MEM ’23, Coastal Environmental Management
Linkedin

Andrea Dunchus*

MBA / MEM ’22, Energy and the Environment
Linkedin

Eva May*
MEM ’22, Coastal Environmental Management
Linkedin

Zoe Wong*
MEM ’22, Coastal Environmental Management
Linkedin

Mads Gilbert*
MEM ’22, Coastal Environmental Management

Elisabetta Menini
Marine Geospatial Ecology PhD Candidate

Ashley Blawas
Marine Science and Conservation PhD Candidate

*indicates member of Oceans@Duke Student Cabinet

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