Pratson, Lincoln F.
(919) 681-8077
Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328
9 Circuit Drive, 3119 Grainger Hall
Durham, NC 27708

Lincoln F. Pratson

Truman and Nellie Semans/Alex Brown & Sons Professor
Gendell Family Professor of Energy and Environment
Truman and Nellie Semans/Alex Brown & Sons Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Professor of Energy and Environment
Chair of the Earth and Ocean Sciences Division
Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
Bass Fellow
Lincoln Pratson is a professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment's Division of Earth & Ocean Sciences. He has been Chair of EOS, Director of the Duke University Energy Hub, Associate Director of the Gendell Center for Engineering, Energy & the Environment at Duke, served on the Executive Committee for the Research Triangle Energy Consortium (, and was a co-founder & co-director of the Sustainable Energy Fellowship ( Pratson is a geologist/geophysicist by training. He has consulted for major oil companies and helped co-found an energy service company that provides state-of-the-art gravity data used to explore for offshore oil and gas reserves. Pratson co-leads a research group at Duke on energy systems. The research has been supported by the DOE, DoD and private industry. Working with students, Pratson is conducting research into carbon capture and storage, integrating different forms of energy storage and renewable energy generation into the electricity industry operations, assessing current and future water use in thermo-electric power generation, and evaluating future demand for and supplies of energy resources.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University (1993)
  • M.Phil., Columbia University (1992)
  • M.S., University Rhode Island (1987)
  • M.S., The University of Rhode Island (1987)
  • B.S., Trinity University (1983)

Mailing Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708


Location: Page Auditorium, 402 Chapel Drive
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall, Circuit Drive
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: Duke Ahmadieh Family Auditorium (Gross Hall) + Livestream
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm