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Lindsay L. Dubbs

Research Associate Professor, UNC Institute for the Environment; Director, Outer Banks Field Site; Associate Director, North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program; Associate Director, Atlantic Marine Energy Center at the Coastal Studies Institute


Lindsay Dubbs is a research associate professor for the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a dual appointment at the Coastal Studies Institute at East Carolina University. She is a biogeochemist and ecosystem-scale ecologist whose research focuses on the influence of energy and nutrient dynamics on microalgae, macroalgae and microbes in terrestrial, coastal and nearshore marine ecosystems.

Dubbs is the director of the Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS), a place-based semester-long program for undergraduates focused on multidisciplinary approaches to the sustainable management of coastal resources offered by the UNC Institute for the Environment and hosted by the UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, North Carolina. At the OBXFS, Dubbs co-leads the group research project (capstone), teaches an ecology class and lab, and organizes a community immersion seminar for the program.

For the Coastal Studies Institute, Dubbs is the associate director of the NC Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) and an associate director of the Atlantic Marine Energy Center (AMEC), a U.S. Department of Energy National Marine Energy Center. Dubbs leads environmental assessment and permitting aspects of the NCROEP, where her research focuses on Gulf Stream ecology and ecological observations characterizing environments where marine energy developments may be installed. She also organizes the annual Research Symposium for the NCROEP. For AMEC, Dubbs contributes to the stakeholder engagement project focused on making connections among marine energy stakeholders, creating exchange between them and developing relevant research to support the marine energy sector and coastal communities.

Dubbs lives in Nags Head with her husband, Corey, son, Rowan, and dog, cat and 30+ year-old turtle.


B.S., Biology and Environmental Studies, Tufts University, 2000|

M.S., Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill, 2004

Ph.D., Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill, 2009