Justin Wright Publishes in PNAS

Justin Wright, along with collaborator Jason Fridley of Syracuse University, has published a study of various factors affecting the re-growth of forests in cleared fields ("Temperature Accelerates the Rate Fields Become Forests," Jason Fridley and Justin Wright. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, April 16, 2018). The researchers found that temperature was most responsible for the faster growth of young trees in more southerly sites. As the forest regrows, it absorbs more carbon dioxide than meadowlands do.

The Biology Department Regrets to Announce the Death of Prof. Donald Fluke

Emeritus Professor Donald Fluke passed away on April 6, 2018, at the age of  95. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and came to Duke in 1956 to teach radiation biophysics. He also served in numerous administrative positions, such as Chair of the Zoology Department, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Zoology, and Chair of the Academic Council.  He shall be missed.

BioMajor Eudora Miao receives multiple grants for independent study

Biology undergrad Ruolin "Eudora" Miao recently was recently awarded grants from the Mycological Society of America ($500) and Duke's Undergraduate Research Support Office ($2500) for her independent study project on mycoremediation with professors Rytas Vilgalys and Jonathan Shaw. Eudora is studying the role of symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi in forest regeneration at mine sites around North Carolina. Many of these mine sites date back to America's first gold rush (1840) and are still barren of plant growth due to toxic levels of silver, copper and zinc.

Biology Major Receives Goldwater Scholarship

Pranav Warman, a sophomore who is double-majoring in Biology and Computer Science, has been named a 2018 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.  Warman, along with two other Duke students, is among 211 recipients of Goldwater Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. Pranav is interested in using computational and mathematical tools to understand schizophrenia and other topics in neuroscience. His mentor, Dr.

Michael Barnes Achieves Sustainability Certification

Greenhouse Supervisor Michael Barnes has been certified by the American Society of Agronomy as a Sustainability Specialist.  In order to get the certification, Michael first had to be a Certified Crop Advisor, then complete a ten-part course covering nutrient management, integrated pest management, precision agriculture, conservation tillage, cover crops, and soil health. Finally, he passed an exam.  Congratulations, Michael!


Structure, function, and development of invertebrates collected from estuarine and marine habitats. Not open to students who have taken Biology 377LA or Biology 777LA. Open to undergraduates only under Biology 377LA. Four credits (fall, spring, and Summer Term II); six credits (Summer Term I). Taught in Beaufort. Instructor: Van Dover or Staff