All research projects that occur in the Duke Forest must be registered and approved in order to track use of the Forest but more importantly, to avoid conflicts between other teaching, research, and management activities.

Reportable activities include, but are not limited to: unfunded projects, pilot studies, student research projects, GIS-based projects that request data from the Office of the Duke Forest, and any projects occurring within the footprint of an existing plot.

You may submit your registration online using the form below, or you may download a PDF that can be sent the Office of the Duke Forest.  You should receive an approval within 7 days of your submission.


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Research Registration Form


  • By registering this research, you and the principal investigator and/or research project you represent agree that you have read, understood, and will follow the Guidelines for Academic Use of the Duke Forest: Research Projects including the requirements to provide annual status updates upon request and to clean-up research sites within 3 months of project completion. These Guidelines should be shared with any participants working in the Duke Forest on the research project.


  •   The proposed research is observational (i.e. no vegetation and/or soil manipulations are required to prep the site and/or collect data).
      The proposed research alters the site (i.e. vegetation and/or soil manipulations are required to prep the site and/or collect data).
      The proposed research may be compatible with other uses at the site.
      The proposed research requires exclusive use of the site.