Duke University environment school gets new dean

May. 14, 2014 @ 02:19 PM

Alan Townsend, an ecosystem ecologist and professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been chosen as the new dean of Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. He starts the job on July 1.

Townsend, 48, succeeds William L. Chameides, the school's dean since 2007, who will continue as part of the Nicholas faculty.

The new dean's research focuses on how ecosystems interact with a changing global environment and why it matters to people.

The appointment comes after a search involving 270 candidates.