Duke University Marine Laboratory
|Duke University Marine Laboratory|
Pilkey laboratory at the Duke Marine Lab
|Alternative names||Duke Marine Lab|
|Town or city||Piver's Island (Private)|
|Country||United States of America|
The Duke University Marine Laboratory (commonly referred to as the "Duke Marine Lab") is a research facility and campus of Duke University on Piver's Island, a private island, near Beaufort and the Outer Banks, North Carolina specializing in studying marine biology. It is part of the Nicholas School of the Environment's Division of Marine Science and Conservation.
The current official goal of the Marine Laboratory is to study marine environmental systems and conservation utilizing the resources of the facility's proximity to the ocean. It is a member of the National Association of Marine Laboratories and the Marine Sciences Education Consortium.
The main campus of Duke University is not in close proximity to the ocean, but with the Marine Laboratory campus, the University is able to conduct hands-own oceanographic studies.
The site for the laboratory was selected in the early 1930s, with the first building completed by 1938. The original intention of the facility was to be a summer training facility and research facility for the university.
By 1963, the facility had reached national recognition for its resources. At the time 75% of students and 40% of researchers came from other universities than Duke.
Sylvia Earle, a renowned oceanographer and pioneer of Jacques Cousteau's AquaLung Scuba device, received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Duke in 1956 and 1966, and has a connection to the Marine Laboratory.
In 1990, the laboratory assumed much of the research of Fairleigh Dickinson University's West Indies Laboratory for Underwater Research in St. Croix, Virgin Islands after Hurricane Hugo damaged the St. Croix facility.
On June 5, 2017, the Marine Laboratory participated in a green-illumination protest with other buildings at Duke in support of the Paris Climate Accords along with similar actions at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Columbia, and MIT.
Facilities and Ships
- "Lab 1," in continuous operation since 1938, contains running sea-water tables
- Marguerite Kent Repass Ocean Conservation Center "Green Marine Lab"
- Marine Conservation Molecular Facility (MCMF)
- Orrin Pilkey Laboratory
- Bookhout Research Laboratory
- Pearse Memorial Library and associated computer equipment
- Dormitory Capacity for 142 Persons (92 Students)
- Dining Facilities
- Boathouse Lounge
- Student Center
Ocean Vessels (Former and Current)
- The Eastward
- Cape Hatteras
- R/V Richard Barber
- R/V Kirby-Smith
- Various Skiffs
- Unnamed Future Vessel (2018). This ship will be funded by an $11 million gift from Duke University Trustee and alumnus Jeff Ubben and built in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It increases the scope of the research possible at the facility by expanding the duration and capacity of sea voyages.
Duke University shares Piver's Island with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), whichhas a 60,000 square foot marine laboratory. The current director of the National Laboratory is also an alum of Duke University. Duke has partnerships with other universities for marine research, such as Wittenberg University, Franklin and Marshall College, and Marquette University, for use of the Marine Laboratory for students.
Research and Media Coverage
Recently, the laboratory's research about the effect of plastic on sea coral has gained national media coverage. Other notable research includes the interaction of light pollution and marine life and studies of whale migration patterns.
- Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station
- University of Hawaii's Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB)
- University of New England's Marine Biology Program
- University of New Hampshire's Marine Biology Program
- University of Tampa's Marine Biology Program
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