Recent News

Studying Superfunds: Duke Environmental Engineers Investigate How Super-Polluted Areas Affect Early Human Health

July 20, 2017

From 1926 to 1992, the waterfront of Portsmouth, Virginia, was home to a wood-treating facility that used various chemicals to preserve and protect lumber from decay and insects.

Billy Gerhard Receives DUCIS Graduate Award for Research and Training

May 3, 2017

Billy Gerhard received the Graduate Award for Research and Training from the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies. This award will cover travel costs associated with his ongoing ballast water sampling studies in South Africa and Singapore.

Billy Gerhard Selected for Duke Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grant

April 19, 2017

Billy Gerhard received the Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grant from Duke Interdisciplinary Studies. This award will cover expenses for his upcoming internship with the Danish Hydraulic Institute in Singapore.

Billy Gerhard Receives NSF EAPSI Award (China)

January 23, 2017

Billy Gerhard will spend another summer abroad performing ballast water research after receiving the NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Award.

Dr. Claudia Gunsch Receives Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize

June 3, 2016

Dr. Claudia Gunsch received the 2016 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Dr. Gunsch was recognized for her work with gene silencing as a water disinfection technology and her work in bioaugmentation and emerging contaminants.

Billy Gerhard Awarded NSF EAPSI Award (Singapore)

March 20, 2016

Billy Gerhard is a recipient of the NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Award to Singapore in support of his research to characterize the ballast water microbiome.

New Test Screens Wastewater Biosolids for Environmental Contaminants

February 16, 2016

Recent work in the Gunsch Lab described a simple method for assessing environmental and agricultural effects of treated waste used as fertilizer.

Lauren Redfern Receives K.C. Donnelly Award

February 11, 2016

Lauren Redfern received the K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplement to enrich her research in environmental health science.  The K.C. Donnelly supports her travel to the University of California, Berkeley, where she will study what factors influence horizontal gene transfer.

Lauren Czaplicki Presents Fungal Bioremediation Research to NJMA

February 11, 2016

The New Jersey Mycological Association (NJMA) invited Lauren Czaplicki to give a lecture on fungal bioremediation in November.  Lauren shared findings on the unusual fungi that tolerate the heavily polluted soils at the Atlantic Wood Industries Superfund site.

Gunsch is Principal Investigator of NSF Research Traineeship Grant in Integrative Bioinformatics

September 3, 2015

Duke University and NC A&T University have been awarded a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship grant to develop a program for graduate students who are interested in microbiome research.  This program is designed to transcend communication barriers between disciplines and promote... read more