Marine Lab

>> 2018 Dates & Courses to be provided summer 2018. View 2017 info below.

Spend Summer at the Duke University Marine Laboratory!

Since 1938, the Marine Laboratory, set within the natural beauty of the Outer Banks of coastal North Carolina, has offered a picturesque residential campus, where learning in small, intimate groups take place year-round. Students have direct access to the area’s natural resources while using the latest scientific innovations. Many of the marine science summer courses include field studies components.

>> Matriculating professional master’s students can take up to 7-8 credits (2 course equivalents) TUITION-FREE during summer session II (July 10-August 11). All students are required to live on campus. Advance registration is open and will remain open until the course is filled, but space is limited.

Summer 2017 Update:  We are excited to announce that Author Paul Greenberg  will be co-teaching part of the Conservation Biology & Policy course this summer! 

Course Load

  • Students enrolled in Conservation Biology and Policy or the Drones course may also take Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles, Marine Mammals, or Marine Ecology.
  • Students interested in Research Independent Study should contact for instructions.

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Graduate Summer II Courses

–  ENVIRON 709A. Conservation Biology and Policy New! We are excited to announce that Author Paul Greenberg will be teaching a portion of the Conservation Biology & Policy course this summer alongside Duke faculty Doug Nowacek and Grant Murray. Introduction to the key concepts of ecology and policy relevant to conservation issues. Instructor: Douglas Nowacek and Grant Murray

– ENVIRON 773LA. Marine Ecology Factors that influence the distribution, abundance, and diversity of marine organisms. Course structure integrates lectures, field excursions, lab exercises and an independent project. Lecture topics include physical characteristics of marine systems, adaptation to environment, species interactions, etc. Instructor: Brian Reed Silliman
– ENVIRON 776LA. Marine Mammals Ecology, social organization, behavior, acoustic communication, and management issues. Focused on marine mammals in the southeastern United States (for example, bottlenose dolphin, right whale, West Indian manatee). This field-intensive course covers the biology, management and conservation. Instructor: Andrew J. Read 
– ENVIRON 777LA. Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles  Biology including the anatomy, physiology, behavior, life histories, and population dynamics of sea turtles linked to conservation issues and management. Focus on threatened and endangered sea turtle species, with special attention to science and policy issues in United States waters. Instructor: Matthew Godfrey

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