David W. Johnston




David is appointed as an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation & Ecology at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in the Marine Science and Conservation Division of the Nicholas School of the Environment. He is also appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Murdoch University in Western Australia and as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

He received a BSc in marine biology from the University of Guelph, Canada and an MSc in Zoology from same institution. He then worked as a marine ecologist in the Non-Profit sector for 5 years before commencing his PhD program in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in 2000. After graduating from Duke in 2004, he pursued Post-Doctoral training at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). He was hired in 2005 to lead the newly formed cetacean research unit at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu HI. He returned to Duke in 2008 to work collaboratively with other scientists in the Marine Conservation Ecology group at the Duke Marine Lab.

He is a broadly skilled biological oceanographer and marine conservation biologist. His research focuses on the foraging ecology and habitat needs of marine animals in relation to pressing conservation issues. He has active projects in the following areas: population assessments and foraging ecology of marine vertebrates, the design and utility of marine protected areas; the effects of climate variability and global change on marine animals and the sustainability of incidental mortality and directed harvests of marine animals. He is also involved in projects addressing the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammals and the suitable application of new technological approaches to marine ecology and conservation. He has experience working in a variety of marine ecosystems – from the highly productive waters of the California Current and Bay of Fundy, to the oligotrophic waters of the central Pacific.

More info: http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/

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