Ecology and Population Biology

Ecology is the scientific study of the distribution and abundance of organisms, the interaction among organisms, and the interactions between organisms and their abiotic environment. Ecologists try to understand the inner workings of natural ecosystems and the species they contain. In fact, the Ecology faculty at Duke University span the complete range of ecological inquiry, from individual organisms to populations and communities of interacting species to ecosystems to the entire biosphere.

  • Susan C. Alberts, Robert F. Durden Professor of Biology and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Bass Fellow and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
       Behavorial ecology and ecological genetics of large mammals

  • Emily S. Bernhardt, James B. Duke Professor of Biology and Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy and Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
       ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry

  • James S. Clark, Nicholas Professor of Environmental Science and Professor of Biology
       Ecology

  • Kathleen Donohue, Professor
       Evolutionary ecology and genetics of natural plant populations, genetic basis of adaptation, gene-environment interactions

  • Sonke Johnsen, Professor of Biology and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
       Comparative physiology; focusing on vision, crypsis, optics, and bioluminescence in the open ocean

  • Thomas Mitchell-Olds, Newman Ivey White Professor
       Ecological and evolutionary genomics; Complex trait variation; Drought tolerance and food security

  • William F. Morris, Professor
       Population ecology, mutualism, plant-insect interations, life-history adaptations to stochastic environments, theoretical ecology, conservation ecology

  • Alexander Motten, Associate Professor of the Practice Emeritus
       Evolutionary ecology, plant reproductive biology, biodiversity

  • Stephen Nowicki, Professor of Biology and Neurobiology and Psychology and Neuroscience and Bass Fellow and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
       Function, structure, and evolution of animal signaling systems

  • Mark D. Rausher, John Carlisle Kilgo Professor
       Evolutionary Genetics and Molecular Evolution

  • Chantal D. Reid, Emerita Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Division and Biology
       Physiological ecology and global change

  • James F. Reynolds, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences and Policy and Biology
       Land degradation in arid and semiarid rangelands; Experimental and modeling studies of effects of elevated CO2 and rainfall variability on dryland ecosystems

  • Julie Reynolds, Associate Professor of the Practice and Education
       Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Science Literacy and Civic Engagement, Writing-to-learn pedagogies

  • Marcy K. Uyenoyama, Professor
       Population genetics, molecular evolution

  • John H. Willis, Professor
       Evolutionary genetics in natural plant populations

  • William G. Wilson, Associate Professor
       

  • Justin P. Wright, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences and Policy
       Community, Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology

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