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Susan Alberts
Alberts, Susan
  • Robert F. Durden Professor of Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology
Biology
Behavioral Ecology

I study the links between life history, ecology, quantitative genetics, and behavior. I am particularly interested in how an animal's social environment both provides opportunities and imposes costs, particularly in the context of ecological challenges.

Baker, Paul
  • Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment (Earth & Ocean Sciences)
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

Our research seeks to understand climate change on time-scales from decades to millions of years. We are interested in what forces natural climate variability, how past climates have influenced the ecology and diversity of organisms in the tropics, and how climate change and other human activities will affect the eventual fate of these organisms.

Bernhardt, Emily
  • Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of Biology
Biology
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

Watershed Biogeochemistry, Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology and Freshwater Science

Cassar, Nicolas
  • Associate Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment (Earth & Ocean Sciences)
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

Our research focuses on biogeochemistry and ecophysiology, with the objective of constraining the mechanisms governing carbon, oxygen and nitrogen cycling, and climate.

Christensen, Norm
  • Professor Emeritus
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Community Ecology

Our research focuses on the effects of disturbance on structure and function of populations, communities and ecosystems. Ongoing studies include an analysis of patterns of forest development following cropland abandonment as these are affected by environment, stand history and plant demographic patterns.

Clark, James S.
  • Nicholas Professor of Environmental Science and Professor of Statistical Science
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Community Ecology

Research in the Clark lab focuses on biodiversity and global change, including how species coexist and how they are influenced by changing climate and natural and human disturbance. Studies range in scale from field plots to continental data sets.

David, Lawrence
  • Assistant Professor
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

We study interactions between nutrition and gut microbial communities in humans.

Donohue, Kathleen
  • Professor
Biology
Evolutionary Ecology

We investigate the genetic basis of adaptation, including the evolution of phenotypic plasticity and maternal effects, the adaptive value of epigenetic modifications, and other forms of genotype-environment interaction.

Doyle, Martin
  • Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic and University Initiatives and Centers Liaison
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

Our research focuses on the science and policy of rivers and water in the US. Our work ranges from fluid mechanics and sediment transport to infrastructure finance and federal water policy.

Drea, Christine
  • Earl D. McLean Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology
Evolutionary Anthropology
Behavioral Ecology

Integrative study of the evolution, function, development, and mechanisms of mammalian social behavior, focused on female-dominant species.

Gibert, Jean Philippe
  • Assistant Professor
Biology
Community Ecology

I study how phenotypic traits determine the structure and dynamics of food webs as well as how changes in environmental conditions mediate these processes using a mixture of theory and data.

Gunsch, Claudia
  • Theodore Kennedy Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Community Ecology

Our research focuses on characterizing and engineering environmental microbiomes. We apply fundamental concepts from the fields of microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics to environmental engineering applications.

Halpin, Patrick
  • Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment (Marine Science And Conservation)
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

Our research focuses on marine geospatial analysis, ecological applications of geographic information systems and remote sensing; and marine conservation and ecosystem-based management.

Heffernan, Jim
  • Assistant Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

I study wetlands, streams and rivers, and how they shape and are shaped by biotic, geophysical, and social processes.

Hunt, Dana
  • Assistant Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment (Marine Science And Conservation)
Community Ecology

I study microbial community and population responses to anthropogenic environmental alterations including climate change and contaminants.

Zakary Johnson
Johnson, Zackary
  • Associate Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment (Marine Science And Conservation)
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

The Johnson Lab broadly studies the abundance, diversity and activity of marine microbes. We are biological oceanographers, marine molecular ecologists, marine microbiologists and biogeochemists. Our research focuses on the marine cyanobacteria Prochlorococcus, the most abundant phytoplankton in the open oceans.

Gabriel Katul
Katul, Gabriel
  • Coile Distinguished Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

Inquire about the processes that govern the exchanges of momentum, mass, heat, and energy between the biosphere and the atmosphere. The compass of the research are links between transport phenomenon and biological processes.

Lowe, Craig
  • Assistant Professor
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Evolutionary Ecology

My lab is interested in understanding the genetics of how vertebrate species adapt to new environments. We are currently focusing on the threespine stickleback fish as a model for vertebrate adaptation, as well as recently evolved traits in humans that have medical relevance.

Morris, Bill
  • Professor
Biology
Population Ecology

We study responses of the abundances and geographical distributions of species to environmental change, using a demographic approach and focusing on plants, birds, and butterflies.

Douglas Nowacek
Nowacek, Douglas
  • Professor and Repass-Rodgers Chair of Marine Conservation Technology
Nicholas School of the Environment (Marine Science And Conservation)
Behavioral Ecology

In the Nowacek lab we study the acoustic ecology of marine megavertebrates, including the ways in which animals use sound to explore their environment as well as the impacts of anthropogenic ocean noise on them.

Stephen Nowicki
Nowicki, Steve
  • Professor
Biology
Behavioral Ecology

Our lab studies animal communication and sexual selection from an integrative perspective using a wide range of behavioral ecological, neuroethological, developmental, genetic, and evolutionary modeling techniques. Birds are our most common study subject, but we've also worked with spiders, shrimp, lobsters, insects, lizards, and primates, including humans.

Charles L. Nunn
Nunn, Charlie
  • Professor
Evolutionary Anthropology
Evolutionary Ecology

Charles Nunn uses evolutionary approaches to understand and improve human and animal health. He and his research group investigate the ecology and evolution of infectious disease, drivers of variation in sleep, and the links between ecology, evolution and global health.

Ram Oren
Oren, Ram
  • Nicholas Professor of Earth System Science
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

Plant, soil and atmosphere control on water uptake and transpiration, and exchange for carbon uptake and growth. Specifically, how feedback between plant hydraulics, and soil and atmospheric conditions, and between crown architecture and light distribution affect stomatal conductance and photosynthesis at scales from branches to forest canopies.

Pimm, Stuart
  • Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Community Ecology

From lions to pandas to birds, we study conservation ecology and biodiversity mapping of tropical regions.

Poulsen, John R.
  • Assistant Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Community Ecology

I study the effects of human disturbance, such as logging, hunting, and agriculture, on ecological processes and the cascading effects for tropical forest communities.

Rausher, Mark
  • John C. Kilgo Professor of Biology
Biology
Evolutionary Ecology

Our lab studies the genetic changes involved in adaptation and speciation.

Read, Andrew
  • Stephen A. Toth Distinguished Professor of Marine Biology
Nicholas School of the Environment (Marine Science And Conservation)
Population Ecology

Conservation biology, ecology, behavior, and population biology of marine megavertebrates

Reynolds, James
  • Professor Emeritus
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

Quantification of global trends of urbanization and its socio-economic/environmental consequences

Richardson, Curt
  • John O. Blackburn Distinguished Professor of Resource Ecology
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

Our research interests in applied ecology focus on long-term ecosystem response to large-scale perturbations such as climate change, toxic materials, trace metals, flooding, or nutrient additions.

Richter, Daniel
  • Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment (Earth & Ocean Sciences)
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

My research and teaching link soils with ecosystems and the wider environment, most recently Earth scientists’ Critical Zone. He focuses on how humanity is transforming Earth’s soils from natural to human-natural systems, specifically how land-uses alter soil processes and properties on time scales of decades, centuries, and millennia.

Rittschof, Daniel
  • N.L. Christensen Professor of the Environment
Nicholas School of the Environment (Marine Science And Conservation)
Behavioral Ecology

I am a chemical ecologist and toxicologist. I work on chemicals that organize marine communities, biofouling, toxicity of fouling management coaitngs and plastics and am beginning to work in restoration ecology

Silliman, Brian
  • Rachel Carson Professor of Marine Conservation Biology
Nicholas School of the Environment (Marine Science And Conservation)
Community Ecology

I use observations of natural communities throughout the world as primary inspiration for my study questions. Most generally, my teaching and research efforts are focused on community ecology of salt marshes and rocky shores, conservation of coastal wetlands and reef fish populations, physical-forcing and disease-mediated control of food web dynamics, plant-animal interactions and evolution of fungal farming behavior.

Swenson, Jennifer
  • Associate Professor of the Practice
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Community Ecology

I'm interested in understanding spatial and temporal patterns of human-induced change across Earth's land surface, and especially the effects on natural systems/biodiversity. The tools I use are remote sensing and geospatial analysis.

Tung, Jenny
  • Associate Professor
Evolutionary Anthropology
Behavioral Ecology

The Tung lab focuses on the relationship between behavior and genes, including how behaviors shape population genetic structure and the influence of social behavior on gene regulation. We work primarily in nonhuman primates and other social mammals. Our work intersects with UPE through our interests in behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology, and ecological genetics.

Urban, Dean
  • Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Community Ecology

I study the causes of landscape heterogeneity and the consequences of this heterogeneity for populations, communities, and ecosystem processes.

Vilgalays, Rytas
  • Professor
Biology
Evolutionary Ecology

We study the evolutionary genomics of plant-fungal symbiosis and the molecular phylogenetics of fungal diversity.

Wernegreen, Jennifer Jo
  • Associate Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment (Environmental Science & Policy)
Community Ecology

Research in our lab centers on environmental and evolutionary genomics, primarily in bacteria. Broadly, our group explores mechanisms shaping genetic and functional variation in microbes that play important roles in the natural environment.

Willis, John
  • Professor
Biology
Evolutionary Ecology

We conduct research on questions relating to the evolution of adaptation, reproductive isolation, breeding systems, inbreeding depression, and floral traits in natural plant populations.

Wright, Justin
  • Associate Professor
Biology
Community Ecology

We are a research lab at Duke University exploring the causes and consequences of patterns of biological diversity across the planet. We combine observational and experimental approaches with modelling to develop and test hypotheses and build towards synthetic ecological theory.

Yoder, Anne
  • Braxton Craven Professor
Biology
Evolutionary Ecology

My work integrates field inventory activities with molecular phylogenetic techniques and geospatial analysis to investigate Madagascar, an area of the world that is biologically complex, poorly understood, and urgently threatened.