Duke University

Duke University Chapter of The Coastal Society


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). The Duke Chapter seeks to fulfill this mission of stewardship of the local coastal ecosystem through education, restoration, and fundraising alongside career and professional development.


Though the Chapter is housed in the Nicholas School of the Environment and led by Master’s candidates, the membership body includes undergraduate, professional, and graduate students from across the institution representing and strengthening the network and interdisciplinarity of TCS. The Duke Chapter strives to provide opportunities for career development and networking across the University’s main campus in Durham, NC and the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC.

The Duke Chapter hosts a myriad of professional development conferences and coastal-focused events each academic year. These include an annual MAD Coastal Career Workshop; the signature coastal clean-up in Beaufort to remove marine debris; “Blue Drink” networking events with students, researchers, and professionals; environmental movie screenings and panel discussions; and, partnering with other student organizations to co-host and sponsor events. The Chapter also teams up with local non-profits such as the North Carolina Coastal Federation to help with oyster habitat restoration and build living shorelines.

 2021-2022 Officers

President: Kathryn Lienhard

Vice President: Nat Blackford

Secretary: Britney Pepper

Treasurer: Claudia Deeg

Beaufort Representative: Rory Kuczek

Durham Representative: Christy Cutshaw

First-Year Representative: Mollie Bowness

Faculty Advisor: Grant Murray

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Do you have a question or would you like to connect about a partnership opportunity? Please reach out to any officer listed above or email us at dukeunivtcs@gmail.com.