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In accordance with coronavirus guidelines at Duke, all UPE events will have a virtual component this semester. This includes the UPE Seminar Series.

Learn more at the Nicholas School’s coronavirus page, the Graduate School’s coronavirus page, or at the main Duke site for coronavirus updates.


Welcome to the Duke University Program in Ecology!

Duke’s University Program in Ecology is one of the foremost in the world. It comprises faculty and students from across campus, including from the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Departments of Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology, the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology in the Medical School, and the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering.

Research in the program is as diverse as the researchers themselves, but all research shares questions of how organisms interact with each other and the environment to form dynamic populations, communities, and ecosystems.

This diversity in research cultivates a comprehensive graduate training program with unparalleled opportunity for collaborative research and scientific innovation at all levels of biological organization.

Interested students are invited to explore our Prospective Student pages. Visit our gallery of Research Highlights to see examples of research being conducted by our students and faculty.

Here is a sample of Research Highlights. See more here:

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