Samuel Cohen


Over the past year, the Duke University Superfund Research Center’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) has partnered with community gardens across North Carolina to test for soil contaminants, consider potential sources of contamination, and discuss gardening best practices.You can learn more about the CEC’s work here and visit our resource page for North Carolina […]

Gardeners’ Knowledge Can Improve Understanding of Environmental Exposure Risks


In October (2018), Duke SRC sponsored a biannual meeting for members of the Elizabeth River Project Sediment Remediation Partnership (ERPSRP). This unique group is led by The Elizabeth River Project, a non-profit organization located in Portsmouth, VA and is dedicated to restoring the Elizabeth River watershed to fishable and swimmable […]

Cleaning Up the Elizabeth River with Bacteria and Fungi


By Dr. Andrew Hawkey, Postdoctoral Associate–Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences On a perfect sunny day in late October, groups of AP science students from Orange High School put down their textbooks and headed for the woods.  We gathered by the Riverwalk in downtown Hillsborough, NC to meet with experts who monitor […]

Water Bugs: Engaging Students in Environmental Assessment and Stewardship



  By Abigail Joyce, PhD — Analytical Chemistry Core Manager   As Hurricane Florence approached North Carolina’s coast, much of state hunkered down for the severe weather to come. Though some locations were somewhat spared, the storm brought as much as 30 inches of rain to some coastal communities in […]

Dispatches from the field: Duke Superfund conducts water sampling after ...