Living Shorelines Team

illustration of trees at shoreline

Ecosystem-friendly alternatives to traditional coastal defense structures are becoming more prevalent as they can provide superior coastal protective services to traditional infrastructure, while also generating additional benefits to society such as carbon sequestration and nursery functions. We are working to improve the science of living shorelines in NC, including consulting on the construction of a 1-mile long project at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Additionally, NSOE faculty are leading a global effort to test how intentionally including positive feedbacks generated by species into restoration can lead to drastic, and no cost increases in restoration efficiency. Duke Restore will provide a larger platform for integration of these findings across all the world’s ecosystems to maximize ecological and social restoration outcomes.

Research Team

Brian Silliman
Carter Smith
Post-Doctoral Scientist
Morgan Rudd
Restoration Coordinator