Learn about geospatial analysis in environmental science
MGEL is dedicated to providing professional and scientific training to the next generation of scientists. We equip students with the best tools, quality research experiences, and development to prepare them for successful careers in environmental science and management.
Geospatial analyses are a rapidly growing approach to problem solving across a wide array of environmental and earth science disciplines. The Geospatial analysis certificate program teaches GIS as a tool and promotes hands-on skill development that is applicable to almost all environmental science and management problems.
This course is the gateway into more advanced training in the Geospatial Analysis curriculum. ENVIRON 559 covers fundamental aspects of geographic information systems and satellite remote sensing for environmental applications.
ENVIRON 559 – 4 credits
This application course focuses on spatial analysis and image processing applications to support coastal and marine management. The course covers benthic habitat mapping, spatial analysis of marine animal movements, habitat modeling, and the optimization of marine protected areas. The course requires a fundamental knowledge of geospatial analysis theory and analysis tools.
ENVIRON 765 – 4 credits
An applied study of a forestry or environmental management problem or a theoretical research effort. A seminar presentation of the objectives, methodology, and preliminary findings is required. A written (or other medium) report at the conclusion of the project is also required. Undertaken with the guidance of the student’s adviser. Open to qualified students with consent of instructor and director of graduate/undergraduate studies.
Instructor: Pat Halpin
ENVIRON 899 – 4-6 credits
Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools is a free, open-source geoprocessing toolbox that can help you solve a wide variety of marine research, conservation, and spatial planning problems. It is used by students and researchers to access oceanographic data, identifying ecologically-relevant features, and modeling spatiotemporal patterns.
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Thank you for your interest in the Marine Geospatial Ecology Laboratory (MGEL)! If you are interested in applying to this lab as a graduate student, we invite you to carefully read this page to get a sense of the lab and whether we would be a good fit for you. To read more about the graduate program requirements please refer to the Graduate School website.
We look for students with strong analytical skills, previous field experience, geospatial analysis, interdisciplinary interests, and a foundation in ecology and conservation.
Do your research interests align with MGEL?
As a member of the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, you would be focused on utilizing geospatial analysis to better understand the marine environment. Our lab and students are actively involved with science and policy engagements that include:
Want to join the lab?
We would like to discuss your potential research ideas that align with the interests of the lab. Please contact us with:
- your CV,
- a statement of your research interests,
- how your interests fit in with the lab’s current research,
- examples of your previous research
If possible, find time to visit both the Duke University in Durham and the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC, to meet both of our labs in person. When you come, organize a time to meet with current graduate and doctoral students in the lab – they have valuable insights and advice to share. We look forward to meeting you!