Nora Bynum, Ph.D, is Vice Provost for Duke Kunshan University (DKU) and China Initiatives in the Office of Global Strategy and Programs at Duke University. For the past 15 years, Bynum has worked in international higher education and capacity development in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Previously, she was Associate Director for Capacity Development and Project Director of the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) for the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. Bynum is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, where she has taught since 1995. Previously, she was a Fulbright lecturer at the Instituto de Ecología, A.C., in Xalapa, Mexico, where she taught courses on learner centered methods of teaching conservation, and on global change.
Bynum has conducted fieldwork in tropical forests in Indonesia, Peru, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Her current research interests are in seasonality and phenology of tropical canopy trees, particularly as it relates to global change, and the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly in undergraduate and experiential contexts. She serves as Chair of the Board of the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER), and a member of the Board of Directors for the Organization for Tropical Studies. She received her PhD from Yale University in Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies, and her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Duke University