Course Instructors

Rebecca Vidra, PhD (Fall) is on the faculty of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She is trained as a restoration ecologist, having received her PhD in Forestry from North Carolina State University and her MS in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her background and interests in environmental communications led her to Duke in 2004 as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow where she taught environmental writing seminars in the Thompson Writing Program. She currently is working on a series of essays that examine the ethical questions of restoration and reclaiming native grounds, while serving as the faculty advisor to the literary journal, the eno, Divest Duke, and Duke SNAP.  As a contributor to EcoWatch, she facilitates the regular publication of student blogs on the site. Her teaching practice is most recently informed by work on team-based learning and contemplative practice within the classroom. Rebecca teaches courses in Restoration Ecology, Environmental Ethics, and Professional Communications for undergraduate, graduate, and DEL students and serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Environmental Sciences and Policy program.

Nicolette Cagle, PhD (Spring) is on the faculty of the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Director of the NSOE Communications Studio, and the Director of the Environmental Science Summer Program at Duke. Nicolette also has also lectured and trained instructors for Duke’s Thompson Writing Program. She has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA-MSU to conduct research in ecology and environmental education. She has published scholarly articles in journals such as Biological Conservation, and she has refereed for numerous scholarly publications, including The Journal of Applied Ecology and Wetlands. As a certified environmental educator, Nicolette also teaches and consults for a number of organizations in the Durham area. Nicolette received her Doctorate in Ecology from Duke University in 2008 and a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois – Urbana in 2002.



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