Duke University


The Coastal Society is an organization of private sector, academic, government professionals and students dedicated to actively addressing emerging coastal issues by fostering dialogue, forging partnerships, and promoting communication and education. The Duke University Student Chapter of The Coastal Society is committed to furthering the mission of The Coastal Society (TCS) and is run entirely by students at Duke University. The Duke Chapter seeks to fulfill this mission of stewardship of the local coastal ecosystem through education, restoration and fundraising for charity.


Typical projects and events include various professional development conferences and workshops, oyster habitat restoration in partnership with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, beach cleanups with fellow student organizations such as Green Wave, Blue Drink networking events, environmental movie screenings, sponsoring speakers, and subsidized River Watch Training. The signature event of the Duke Chapter is the annual Neuse RIVERKEEPER™ Foundation Sprint Triathlon in Beaufort, NC, raising money to help keep the Neuse River basin clean and pollution free.


President: Sarah DeLand,  sarah.deland@duke.edu
Secretary: Julia Lewis, julia.j.lewis@duke.edu
Treasurer: Ginny Crothers, virginia.crothers@duke.edu
Beaufort Events Coordinator: Elizabeth Mason, elizabeth.mason@duke.edu
and Ashley Gordon, ashley.m.gordon@duke.edu
Durham Events Coordinator: Devon McGhee, devon.mcghee@duke.edu

Faculty Advisor: Lisa Campbell, lisa.m.campbell@duke.edu

Program Coordinator: Sarah Phillips, sap46@duke.edu

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