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Our mission is to understand and provide solutions to the most challenging resource issues facing our planet.UNC Environment Ecology and Energy Program logo
We explore systems on our planet through basic research and applied solutions. As such, we bring together natural and social sciences to propel North Carolina as a leader in local and global environmental research and innovation. We elevate research into understanding by investigating the diverse and interactive systems that regulate the environment, including consequences for humans and other organisms. We are committed to educating students to improve understanding for future generations.


We offer undergraduate degrees (BA, BS) in environmental sciences and environmental studies and graduate degrees (MA, MS, PhD) in ecology.  Our degrees include tracks in quantitative energy systems (BS) and in sustainability (BA).

We collaborate with professional schools at UNC to create career pathways for our students. Some specific examples include our dual bachelor’s-master’s degrees in environmental informatics (Information Science), environment and science communication (Media and Journalism), and public administration (Government).

Recent News and Science

Antonia Sebastian, Miyuki Hino, and Todd BenDor study that new housing construction in flood-prone areas has contributed to increasing risk across North Carolina

As extreme weather events become more often and intensify, the number of people and places exposed to flooding events is likely to grow. But until now, surprisingly little was known. . .

E3P Teaching Faculty Dr. Carol Hee Receives Johnston Teaching Excellence Award

The Well features E3P teaching faculty Dr. Carol Hee, who has been award a Johnston Teaching Excellence Award from the university. This award, given annually, commemorates excellent teaching and mentoring. . .

Michael Kunz (E3P Alum) restores rare plants on North Carolina coast

The Well featured Michael Kunz (E3P, Ph.D. & conservation ecologist with the North Carolina Botanical Garden) hits the beaches to preserve endangered plants like the seabeach amaranth. The ongoing project. . .