Research Tour

Saturday, December 16, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dedicated to Discovery

Learn about research taking place along Duke Forest’s beautiful stretch of New Hope Creek.

Researchers come from across Duke University, the country, and the world to study in the Duke Forest, Duke University’s largest laboratory and outdoor classroom. Join Duke Forest staff and researchers for an opportunity to discover scientific endeavors along New Hope Creek, which flows from western Orange County through the Duke Forest Korstian Division and ultimately into Jordan Lake. The following presenters and projects will be featured:

Aqua-terrestrial Biogeochemistry research from the Bernhardt Lab at Duke University:

  • Jonny Behrens (pictured on far left), Ph.D. student
  • Nick Marzolf, Postdoctoral Scholar
Dwarf Waterdog Salamander (Necturus punctatus) Research:

  • Ron Grunwald (pictured), Senior Lecturer Emeritus of Biology at Duke University
  • Bryan Stuart, Herpetology Research Curator at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
New Hope Creek Restoration Projects in Duke Forest:

  • Sara Childs (pictured in foreground), Duke Forest Executive Director


Audience: This tour is geared toward adult audiences (ages 18+). Any minors interested in participating must have a parent or guardian present and have an active interest in the subject.



  • Tour participants will be on their feet throughout this 3-hour tour, walking between featured sites and standing while listening to presentations. This will include walking on unpaved or gravel surfaces, short uphill and downhill sections, and traversing on dirt foot trails. We invite you to bring along a walking stick or trekking poles if you need.
  • There are NO BATHROOMS in the tour area, so please plan accordingly.
  • Parking is available and will be directed by Duke Forest staff.
  • Our registration form includes a question where you can share details about any accessibility needs you may have. If you have accessibility considerations that you’d like to make our staff aware of, please let us know!

Registration is full. However, you may sign up for the waitlist here.

Space is limited to 24 participants and is first-come, first-served. Once the first 24 spaces are filled, interested participants will be added to a waitlist.

Full event details—including driving and parking directions— will be sent to confirmed registrants one week prior to the event.

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