We use new technology to study the ecology and habitat needs of marine vertebrates in relation to pressing conservation issues, and advance new ways to communicate our science effectively.
What we are up to:

My Last Day

These last couple of weeks have gone by very fast. My research has been wrapping up. I have finished the data analysis on the results of the seal counts and am now working on putting together the paper. There will be two research papers as a result of my research. The first on is about


Opening a small UAS facility here at Duke

The last couple of days I had the opportunity to attend a workshop to gauge the interest, questions, concerns and ideas about building a small UAS facility here at Duke.  There were representatives from government agencies both federal and state, academia, and commerce. The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) has exploded over the last


Humpback whale foraging visualization video online!

We are excited to share with you below our new open access resource for teaching to help communicate science through data visualization.  Kaitlin Bonaro, a visiting undergraduate student at the Duke University Marine Lab, created this video as her independent study project this past spring in the Johnston Lab.  With the help of Dave Johnston


The New Odyssey

Protocol for using iTag This week, I finished tagging the images taken by the eBee using iTag. The next step was to write a protocol for taking the photographs and turning them into data so others can do it as well.  It is pretty exciting to be doing this because I was the first person


Grey Seals and Drones

Grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) are found on both shores of the North Atlantic. They feed a variety of fish, mostly benthic or demersal species. During the winter months, female grey seals in Nova Scotia haul out on beaches such as Hay and Saddle Islands to start pupping. Females usually give birth about a day after coming


I didn’t crash it!!

This week had a lot going on. While continuing to work on the acoustic research paper, work began on the population counts of grey seals on Hay and Saddle Island. I am utilizing a program called iTag to count the adult grey seals and the pups. This program allows me to place a marker on


Summer Research with Drones

First off, a little bit about me: My name is Lauren Arona. I am a rising senior at Wittenberg University majoring in biology and minoring in marine science. I am the president of the Marine Science Club, active in the Outdoors Club and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. This summer I have the


The COVE opens!

I’m happy to announce that we have now opened a new visualization facility for our research group – the Coastal and Ocean Visualization Environment. The details on the facility are here. This system is primarily designed to help visualize and analyze the large geospatial datasets we generate through telemetry projects, but also useful for other