Each year, we have about 10 students join our labs and research translation/community engagement team for the summer. It’s a great way to gain more experience in environmental health, get direct lab experience, practice science communication, and be part of exciting and impactful research. To learn how to apply, please […]

Spend your summer with us – apply to be an ...


By Billy Gerhard   Plants and microbes have the ability to degrade and remove many of the most dangerous chemicals in the world. Annual sunflowers can be used to treat irradiated soil, certain wildflowers such as the alpine pennycress can absorb 3% of their dry weight in toxic heavy metals […]

Using plants to take the punch out of landfill leachate


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By Audrey Dinyari   Background Imagine the key to understanding the mechanics of cancer and carcinogenic damage is right below your feet.  I am referring to leaf litter, or the composition of dead leaves, soil and twigs that you find while walking the forest.  Under this composition, microscopic nematodes, C. […]

Worms and pollution



By Alison Brooks   This week the Ecology Center produced its report “Hidden Passengers” which discusses testing they conducted to look for heavy metals and flame retardants in child car seats. But, in order to interpret this report (and others – like this infographic showing potential sources of exposure in your […]

Risk assessment: Children are not small adults!


The exposome and how the environment shapes our health, illustration by Michael Waraksa for Atlanta Magazine
Every spring and fall we host a full day symposium with a particular focus and often in collaboration with another research center, department, or institute here at Duke. Our spring symposium is this Friday in the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Building (click for DukeMaps location). This symposium is in […]

Our Spring Symposium is here!