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Director of Graduate Studies Assistant
University Program in Ecology
Duke University
Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0329
(919) 613-8002


General Information

Degree offered:
Ph.D. in Ecology through the University Program in Ecology
Faculty working with students:
Students receiving Financial Aid:
Part time study available:
Test required:
GRE General: Optional for 2021
Application Deadlines

Program Description

The University Program in Ecology (UPE) provides interdisciplinary training in all aspects of ecology, including physiological and behavioral ecology; population and evolutionary ecology; community and landscape ecology; biogeochemistry; and ecosystem and global change ecology. The program serves to integrate an exceptionally broad and diverse collection of faculty expertise found in various departments and schools at Duke. The UPE is a rigorous, research-oriented graduate program with an excellent record of scholarly publications by our students. All students participate in a two-semester, graduate-level core course that focuses on both historical and contemporary foundations of ecology (theory, principles, and research); any additional coursework is tailored to each student's specific interests and needs. Students organize and run a weekly seminar series and informally participate in various readings groups. Special facilities for study and research include:

Marine Lab
Duke Forest
Duke Wetlands Center
Organization for Tropical Studies
Center on Global Change

plus an extraordinary array of major analytical equipment and additional resources


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