The Duke University Marine Laboratory is a facility of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and is located in the coastal town of Beaufort, NC, 180 miles from the Duke campus in Durham. It operates as a year-round campus with dormitory, dining, classroom, auditorium, library, seawater, boat, and administrative facilities.
Faculty at the Duke Marine Lab are in the Division of Marine Science and Conservation and are engaged in research, education, and service to understand marine systems, including the human component, and to develop approaches for marine conservation and restoration. Resident faculty represent the disciplines of marine microbiology, biological and physical oceanography, marine biology and conservation, marine environmental health, marine biotechnology, and marine policy and management. Study organisms include whales, dolphins and porpoises, sea turtles, blue crabs, and animals living at deep-sea hydrothermal vents and seeps.
The location of the Duke Marine Lab provides easy access to marine habitats, including coastal settings with contrasting degrees of development. The Rachel Carson National Estuarine Research Reserve and the undeveloped Outer Banks stretch to the east of Pivers Island; to the west is Bogue Banks, a spit of developed land. The shallow waters of the Pamlico, Albemarle, Bogue, and other sounds are rich with estuarine life and fringed by expansive salt marshes.
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