Welcome to the Nicholas School!

The Admitted Students website is designed to help new Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Forestry (MF) students at the Nicholas School of the Environment get ready to enroll in the fall and begin their academic career as a professional graduate student. It serves as a One-Stop-Shop resource for summer on-boarding. We encourage you to bookmark this page.

To navigate this site, click on the headings above to view a general overview of each topic. For additional information, hover over the heading to view the subtopics and learn more. Note: Some information at this site can only be accessed by Duke Network Identification (or NetID), which new students will receive once they confirm their plans to enroll in the fall.

We are Here for YOU!

The Nicholas School Student Services team cordially welcomes you to the Nicholas School of the Environment and Duke University communities. The Student Services team is co-located on the Durham and Duke Marine Lab Beaufort campuses. We will work with students in the MEM and MF degree programs throughout their academic career on matters related to career and professional development, course registration, graduation requirements, executive education opportunities and much more!


  • Sherri Nevius, Associate Dean, Office of Student Services (meet the team lead) 
  • Administrative Support (bios and photos): Tom Brooks, Staff Assistant and Mary Beth Magallanes, Staff Assistant 
  • Career and Professional Development and Executive Education (bios and photos): Allison Besch, Director; Deanna Knighton, Assistant Director; Courtney Sullivan, Assistant Director; Moriah Carleton, Program Coordinator; Laura Lipps, Assistant Director, Executive Education; and Emily Bilcik, Program Coordinator, Executive Education 
  • Enrollment Services, Admissions and Recruitment (bios and photos): Melissa Kotacka, Assistant Director 
  • Student Administration (bios and photos): Cynthia Peters, Assistant Dean; Erika Lovelace-Young, Registrar and Associate Director; Katie Wood, Assistant Director Undergrad and Duke Marine Lab Programs; Gwendy Womble, Program Coordinator, Duke Marine Lab; Kathleen Dunn, CEM Program Coordinator, Duke Marine Lab; Danielle Wiggins, Assistant Director, NSOE PhD Programs; Bailee Starnes, Undergraduate Program Coordinator; Melanie McIntire, Program Coordinator, Professional Masters Programs; Marcia Crippen, Program Coordinator, IMEP Program; Kelley Robbins-Thompson, Program Coordinator, DEL-MEM Program and Gladys Mayer, Program Chairs Assistant

Learn more about our roles and responsibilities, view Student Services Team_Bios_&_Photos



Nicholas School Student Services Offices

Durham, NC (main campus)
Suite A101 Levine Science Research Center
308 Research Dr.
Box 90330
Durham, NC 27708

Beaufort, NC (coastal campus)
Duke University Marine Lab
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516