Duke University Marine Lab

About Duke University Marine Lab

Director's Message

Welcome to the Duke University Marine Laboratory, where we work at the forefront of understanding marine environmental systems, their conservation, and governance. Our goal is to understand these systems through leadership in research, training and communication.

Our faculty and students conduct world-class, cutting-edge research on many aspects of marine ecosystems and the human communities that depend on them. Our research is multi-faceted and inter-disciplinary, reflecting the complex problems faced by the world's oceans.

We train students at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. We emphasize small classes, intensive research experiences, immersion in field work, and the opportunity to sample other maritime environments through our signature travel classes. We encourage all our students to become engaged citizens who will strive to make the world a better place.

We are keenly aware of the challenges facing the world's oceans and our faculty are strong advocates for conservation of marine ecosystems and maritime communities. Our faculty and alumni are leaders in analyzing, developing and implementing policy at the local, national and international levels.

We are proud to be a part of the Nicholas School of the Environment and we embrace being part of a great research university. At the same time, we offer an experience that is different (and saltier) than on main campus. We invite you to join us here for a unique educational and research experience at the southern tip of the Outer Banks.


Biology Research Intern

June 2020 - August 2020 Beaufort, NC
“Great Remote Research Experience full of coding skill-building and data analysis.”

Research Experience for Undergraduates

June 2018 - August 2018 Beaufort, NC
“I worked with really great colleagues and I got to perform a full fledged research project at rapid pace in just 10 weeks.”
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