On July 30, Duke University broke ground on a new 20,000 square foot research facility at the Beaufort, NC campus. The facility will be named the Orrin Pilkey Marine Science & Conservation Genetics Center in honor of the retired geologist. Pilkey has taught at Duke since 1965. He is the author or editor of dozens of books, most recently Global Climate Change: A Primer, which he co-wrote with his son Keith Pilkey and artist Mary Edna Fraser. Pilkey's former editor at Duke Press, Reynolds Smith, attended the groundbreaking ceremony as did Duke University President Richard Brodhead. Pilkey told News 14 Carolina that is important the center be located in Beaufort: "Marine labs must be near the marine environment. You understand, you get an intuition for the environment. You watch the tides, you smell the smells, you see the waves, you see the storms."
Pilkey and Smith at the ceremony.