stories of impact

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Family surprises environmentalist Mary Mapes with fellowship fund in her honor

When Mary Mapes visited Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment on Friday, May 3, she thought she would be listening to her husband, Tim, participate in a panel discussion. Instead, she was greeted on the Grainger Hall rooftop with champagne and hugs from her family. Mary, an avid environmentalist who […]

For Marshall Field V and Abby Gerry, philanthropy and environmental stewardship run in the family

Giving back to support the environment is a family tradition for Marshall Field V and his daughter, Abby Field Gerry, T’02. Marshall served on the Board of Visitors of the Nicholas School of the Environment from 2000 to 2009, and ultimately served as board chair. When he left the board, […]

New MF-MEM alumna dedicates career to protecting forests

Andrea “Andie” Kolarova, MF-MEM’23, enjoyed studying at the Nicholas School so much, she just had to come back. As an undergraduate student, Andie became interested in everything from corporate sustainability to marine biology. Early on in her academic career, she joined the Pimm Lab, researching hummingbird feeding behavior and publishing […]

Antarctic researchers Chuck and Maggie Amsler give back to place that drew them to the water

Chuck Amsler, T’80, met Maggie O’Leary while they were both undergraduates spending the summer of 1978 at the Duke Marine Lab. She introduced herself when she saw him carrying scuba gear, and they soon arranged to go diving together. When Maggie badly cut her leg on an oyster shell during […]

A student interviews for an internship

More than 300 Students Interview for Stanback Internship Program

Each year, hundreds of students interview for internships with non-profit environmental organizations as part of the Stanback Internship Program. The program, which has been made possible through the generous support of Fred and Alice Stanback for more than 20 years, provides funding so that students can pursue career development opportunities […]

Progress Report Shows Successes of Environmental Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

The latest progress report for our Environmental Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program shows the gains that we’ve made in the past year, such as providing summer grants for students studying sustainability solutions and renewable energy, participating in research to develop a commercial path for a cottonseed that does not contain the […]