• Impact of Climate Change on Species Distribution

    Professor Bill Morris is measuring alpine plants for a long-term study of the effects of climate change on the abundance and geographical distribution of species.

  • Under the Moon

    View to the top of the French Family Science Center atrium. The crown jewel of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences research buildings houses Biology, Chemistry and Physics laboratories. Completed in 2007 with a generous donation from Duke alum, Melinda French Gates.

Along with its research and teaching missions, the Biology Department at Duke University prioritizes sharing biology with the public at large.  Our engagement takes a variety of forms.

K-12 school outreach

  •  Faculty host grade school students as researchers in their laboratories
  •  Graduate students and Biomajors present in on-campus outreach activities for grade schoolers (e.g., FEMMES)
  •  They also give presentations or workshops at local grade schools
  •  Graduate students work with grade school teachers to develop science-related activities
  •  Faculty serve as judges for local science fairs
  •  Faculty write books (or book sections) intended to be used in K-12 classes (e.g., Dean Nowicki's high school Biology textbook)
  •  Teaching staff work with companies to develop educational materials to be implemented at schools (e.g., Carolina Biological Supply Natural Selection with Drosophila kit)

Public outreach


  •  Faculty testify before Congressional committees on issues related to their specialty
  •  They also participate in Forest Service workshops associated with broad issues such as climate change
  •  And, advise national academies and federal funding agencies about scientific priorities

 Please contact the Department if you want to arrange an outreach activity at your school, business, or event.