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


“A Sea of Sound” Lesson Plan Published

Demi Fox, Julia Goss, Liza Hoos and I are proud to announce that our Lesson Plan called “A Sea of Sound” has been published in the new ALA Editions e-book, “Tablet Computers in School Libraries and Classrooms.”  According to an American Library Association press release, the book “speaks directly to librarians and educators working with


Sound in the Sea Day Success

On, April 17th, 164 Morehead City Middle School 6th grade students and their teachers and chaperones descended on the Duke Marine Lab for a day of learning about Sound in the Sea. The motivation behind Sound in the Sea Day was to give students outside the classroom experiences that connect to inside the classroom concepts,


Megafauna MOOC Concludes

Happy to report that I survived the first running of my Coursera MOOC: Marine Megafauna | An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation. The course finished officially on April 6 with having 14,221 total learners signed up. Of these over 8000 watched lectures and over 4000 submitted quizzes and writing assignments. At the end of the class


3 Women Changing the World Through Technology

On March 6, 2014, I was extremely honored to be called one of “3 Women Changing the World through Technology” by Skype in association with International Women’s Day. Tim Lucas wrote in a news release for Duke University Nicholas School News , “Marine Lab PhD student Heather Heenehan has been honored as one of three


New paper on Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin Abundance

I’m happy to announce the publication of the first quantitative abundance estimate for spinner dolphins on the Kona Coast of Hawaii Island. This work, led by Julian Tyne and part of the joint Duke/Murdoch SAPPHIRE project provides managers much needed information for managing human effects on this species in Hawaii. This newly identified stock of


Coursera’s first marine science MOOC: Marine Megafauna | An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation

In her preface to the second edition of “The Sea Around Us”, Rachel Carson succinctly captured the importance of the ocean when it comes to life on earth, including humans. Life started in the ocean, and we disrupt ocean processes at our peril. Despite the incredible importance of the ocean to all life on earth,


New paper on basking shark distribution in the Bay of Fundy

Today Zach Siders published a paper in PLOS ONE on his work studying the distribution and dive behavior of basking sharks in the Bay of Fundy, based on records from opportunistic surveys and tour operators. This work provides the first details on the distribution of these elusive animals in the waters of eastern Canada and


Coastal Walkabout citizen science framework is out of the gates!

Yesterday we launched Coastal Walkabout, a new open access citizen science initiative which utilises smart phone technology and social media to engage and motivate local communities to gather scientific observations within coastal and estuarine environments in Western Australia. This projects sits at the intersection of 3 of the things I hold dear: technology, open access


New Article in Eos – Smartphones and Geoscience Education

[photo size=’medium’ align=’right’ title=’Heather Heenehan records a marine species sighting on her iPhone’ icon=’zoom’ lightbox=’image’ link=’http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2013/11/2013-11-05-DWJ-IMG_1112.jpg’]http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2013/11/2013-11-05-DWJ-IMG_1112.jpg[/photo] As we are approaching the launch of the Coastal Walkabout citizen science network in Western Australia with the MUCRU folks, Marine Ventures and Gaia Resources, I’d like to point out a new feature article published today in Eos (the weekly magazine of geophysics published


$1500 outreach grant awarded to Superpod members

Earlier this fall the Duke Center for Science Education announced a small grant ($500-$1500) competition for student teams to work on hands-on activities for 4th through 10th graders.  Joy Stanistreet (PhD student), Sean Stanton (MEM Student) and I along with our faculty mentor Dr. David Johnston got together with local teacher Mrs. Jennifer Coggins from


Apps, Articles and the Flexibility of the Nicholas School of the Environment

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Johnston Lab, with the ‘publication’ of two products that have arisen from student projects in the Nicholas School’s Masters of Environmental Management Program. These two products (described in greater detail below) are at nearly opposite ends of the publication spectrum – one is a scientific


The Nai‘a Guide Released on iTunes

A new iPad app that has been in the works for the past year is now available on the iTunes App Store!  Whether you are planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands or just want to learn more about the charismatic mammals that call the coastal waters of Hawai‘i home, The Nai‘a Guide can demonstrate


The Cape Cod captures land 7 newly GPS tagged gray seals

Quite a week on the water in Chatham, MA on Cape Cod!  To list some of the accomplishments: the first live-captures (on our first attempt no less) of gray seals in the US; coordinated deployments of multiple GPS tags on adult US gray seals; a massive sampling effort to collect data for both field participants


Humpback whale research in Southeast Alaska

We just returned from an amazingly successful field season tagging humpback whales and mapping their prey in the waters of Southeast Alaska.  We left from Sitka, AK on 16 April 2013 aboard an 80′ Yacht, the Northern Song (http://www.yachtalaska.com/pages/yacht.html) led by an experienced captain Dennis Rogers.  After a (planned) vessel transfer, we returned back to


The Mega MOOC: Taking Marine Megafauna online in Spring 2014!

Duke recently announced the next set of online courses that it will offer to the world through the Coursera system, and I’m excited and honored to be one of the next faculty to offer a course through this mechanism. In the spring the of 2014, I will be teaching Marine Megafauna: An introduction to marine


Marine Conservation Service Learning Students = Awesome Authors on the iTunes Store

I am always amazed at how dedicated and thoughtful my students are. This year in my Marine Conservation Service Learning class (Co-taught with Tom Schultz, the Director of our Marine Conservation Molecular Facility), we tasked our students with developing a digital textbook for the middle-school kids they were teaching about both local and global marine


“Holy Humpback” of a Day!

At this moment three quarters of “The Spinnerettes” are in Kona, Hawai’i assisting with fieldwork as a part of the Spinner Dolphin Acoustics and Population Parameters Research (SAPPHIRE) Project. The project started in the summer of 2010 to study the spinner dolphins using a suite of techniques including photo-identification, focal follows and behavioral sampling, acoustics


Bronx, the Cape Cod seal, and his spatial habits: a 5-month checkup

Our tagged gray seal—Bronx—has been busy in the inshore and offshore waters around Cape Cod these past six months as he continues to carry our GPS tag that pings back location, dive, behavior, and oceanographic data.  Over the 155 days (just over 5 months and counting) of successful relocation and data transmission, the mobile-enabled GPS


Spinner article in Natural History magazine!

More great news on the heels of our return from the deep south, Heather Heenehan has just published an Endpaper piece in Natural History magazine about her work on spinner dolphin acoustics as part of our SAPPHIRE project in Hawaii. I’m really excited about this, because it’s a great example of how our research team


Palmer Long-term Ecological Research Program: Rise of the Megafauna

Zach Swaim and I have just returned from a 6-week excursion to the deep south, to further incorporate and expand marine mammals studies into the epic Palmer Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Program during its annual cruise along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Through a combination of visual surveys, biopsy sampling and opportunistic acoustic recordings, my overarching


Two Johnston Lab projects featured in latest Duke Environment Magazine

[photo size=’small’ align=’right’]http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2011/02/NtN_story_spinners.jpg[/photo]Just a brief update to point people towards a couple of features in the Nicholas School Magazine – Duke Environment. These stories cover two recent papers stemming from long-term collaborative projects in the Johnston lab. The first is coverage of our recent paper in PLoS ONE that addresses habitat for resting spinner dolphins


New Lab Project: Lesson plan chosen for new book about iPads in classrooms

About a month ago I got an email from my sister Kaitlin about a call for lesson plan and chapter proposals for an ALA Editions book called Tablet Computers in School Libraries and Classrooms. She is studying Higher Education Administration at Virginia Tech and one of the editors of the book, Heather Moorefield-Lang, a librarian


Bronx update – a bit more about grey seals off Cape Cod

We’ve been tracking Bronx – our Cape Cod iSeal – for about 37 days and we are starting to learn a little about this seals habits. This in turn, helps us understand a bit about his preferred habitats. Bronx is splitting time between foraging trips at two haulout locations (red circles on image below) –


Duke Forward and Water – Presenting Ocean Mapping and Citizen Science

On the evening of September 29th, 2012 I was honored to stand on a stage with other Duke researchers to showcase new developments in the realm of “water” science to about 800 donors as Duke officially launched it’s new development campaign entitled Duke Forward. “Water” is a pretty broad topic, and it was great to


iSeal checks in from Monomoy, Cape Cod

On September 15, 2012, a grey seal – named Bronx – was released from West Dennis Beach on Cape Cod with a tag on it’s back. After about 10 days cruising along the shores of Cape Cod, the seal hauled out between Chatham and Monomoy and delivered the first bundles of information about it’s movements


Artifacts of learning in marine science and conservation

We recently released a novel website focused on the evolution of science and management of spinner dolphins in Hawaii – the Norris to Now Timeline. The website takes the form of an interactive chronicle of some (clearly not all!) of the scientific, managerial and cultural events that have shaped our understanding of spinner dolphins in


All bays are not created equal: Predicting spinner dolphin resting habitat

Coastal spinner dolphins in Hawaii, and elsewhere in the world, rely on sheltered bays for rest. These inshore locations provide an opportunity for dolphins to recover energetically and cognitively during daylight hours after extended nighttime foraging bouts, while minimizing predation risk. This behavioral trait often beings them into close contact with humans involved in dolphin-based


New paper on humpback whale densities

We’ve just got a new paper published in Endangered Species Research that provides the first estimates of humpback whale density in the late fall/early winter in the waters of the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP). This work was conducted as part of the NSF-funded MISHAP project (PIs Nowacek and Friedlaender). The paper is available here:http://www.int-res.com/articles/esr_oa/n018p063.pdf [photo


Exmouth, across the Pilbara to Broome

[photo size=’small’ align=’right’]http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2012/05/dugongfeature.jpg[/photo]We’ve made some tracks on this trip so far – after leaving Perth we flew to Exmouth to see the whale shark festival and do some aerial survey work, drove down to Coral Bay to meet with Frazer McGregor and his mantas, and then motored back to Exmouth for a boat trip out


Going Digital: Nature.com on new forms of textbooks

[photo size=’small’ align=’right’]http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2012/07/cachaloticon.jpg[/photo]There is a great news story on Nature.com today, in their Careers section, that helps describe the evolving landscape of digital textbooks. Nature is in the game big-time, after having released their Principles of Biology textbook, an online and interactive offering that is accessed via a subscription. The author of the article, Roberta


The last great marine wilderness?

In about a week, we will be embarking on a project along the coast of Northwestern Australia, one of the last great marine wilderness regions on earth. This remote location spans over 20 degrees of latitude and hosts organisms that represent some of the most primitive (e.g. Stromatolites) to the most derived (e.g. whale sharks)


Ice seals and Cachalot in Spring 2012 Duke Environment

[photo size=’small’ align=’right’ link=’http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2012/04/DEimage_preview.jpg’ icon=’zoom’ lightbox=’image’ ]http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2012/04/DEimage_preview.jpg[/photo]The Spring 2012 issue of Duke Environment Magazine is out, and there are two articles that cover work done in the Johnston Lab. The first is the lead story in the research section portion of the magazine (called the Log), and is a recap of the work we published


Scientists with Stories – Workshops and Small Grants

Here’s an update on the Scientists with Stories Project, (SwS) -a collaboration to create intensive training workshops and professional exhibition opportunities for PhD students affiliated with the Duke University Marine Laboratory (DUML) and the UNCʼs Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS). Applications are now available for the SwS digital media workshop and for small grants for media projects available


Learning by Doing – Ben Soltoff on Duke beyond Duke

[photo size=’medium’ title=’This is Ben!’ align=”right” icon=”zoom” link=’http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2012/04/benSoltoff.jpg’]http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2012/04/benSoltoff.jpg[/photo] My marine megafauna class is again coming to a close. This class is a joy to teach, as we introduce students to many aspects of marine science and conservation through compelling examples of big ocean creatures. Part of the joy of this class comes from the field


Cachalot featured in Scientific American

I’m really excited about where things are going with Cachalot, our digital textbook for Marine Megafauna here at Duke. This project has grown out of an incredible effort of students and colleagues who all have contributed so much. This month Cachalot is featured in a story about novel digital textbooks Scientific American, available in the


Cachalot Presentation to Duke Trustees

Traveling often means that you miss out on things at home. I really miss my wife and kids while out on research trips, and besides missing my family while on this last set of travels I also missed out on an opportunity to meet with the Duke Board of Trustees to brief them on Cachalot.


Harp seals and ice featured on NSIDC website

Another brief update as I recover from my last trip. While traveling I was contacted by Dr. Julienne Stroeve from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, CO. Julienne had picked up on our recent paper on sea ice, climate change and harp seals in PLoS ONE and was interested in including


Antarctic Alumni Trip 2012

I’ve just returned from an extended trip that included a 10 day trip to the Western Antarctic Peninsula region with a group of fantastic Duke Alumni. Ari Friedlaender and I hosted this group of adventurers, providing them some background on the location, it’s ecology and the research our group is conducting down there. The trip


Cachalot at Science Online 2012

[photo size=’small’ align=’right’]http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2011/10/cachalotfeature.png[/photo]I’m just back from the Science Online 2012 conference held at NC State during last Thursday through Saturday and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m worn out. The pace of the conference surpasses any concept of frenetic behavior, and I was amazed at how most of the seasoned ‘Scio’ people could


Harp seals and ice: Media and hype

[photo size=’medium’ align=’right’]http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2012/01/Seal-26th007.jpg[/photo]It’s been 13 days since our paper about changing sea ice conditions in breeding regions of harp seals was published in PLoS ONE. It has been incredibly interesting to watch the story propagate through the worlds media channels, both traditional and online. As a scientist, I’m increasingly interested in how science is portrayed to


Harp seals on thin ice…

Today we published a paper on the effects of climate change on pagophilic seals in the North Atlantic in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The paper is available to everyone, free of charge here: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0029158 This paper is the third in a series of studies published by my lab that examine the effects of climate


Science Online 2012 – Cachalot and Scientists with Stories

Are you interested in using the internet to communicate about your science, or science in general? If so, you should be thinking about getting involved with Science Online conference. While registration is closed now, there is an open wait list. This will be my first Science Online conference, but I’ve spoken with several people about


Quoted in ScienceNOW: Harp seals and ice

I did an interview a couple of weeks ago for a journalist that was covering a new paper on changing sea ice in the Northwest Atlantic and it’s potential effects on harp seals. The ScienceNOW piece, written by student journalist Erin Loury was released on 30 November 2011. The story can be found here: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/11/baby-seals-need-the-nicest-ice.html It was


Introducing the Scientists with Stories Project!

There is much to be said about initiative, and the Scientists with Stories Project (SwS) is an excellent example of the best kind of initiative in academia – a bottom-up process driven entirely by students, for students. The Scientists with Stories project is the creation of an enterprising group of graduate students at Duke and


Cachalot iPad application in the News again!

This morning I did an interview with Brittany Edney from Time Warner Cable’s News 14 – a 24 hour cable news channel that services all of North Carolina. Brittany was really interested in the motivation behind developing the Cachalot digital textbook app and how we managed to deliver it at it’s extremely compelling price-point (free!).


Cachalot on Eyewitness News – WCNT 9

It was a rainy day in Beaufort today, and what better way to pass the time than doing an interview on our Cachalot app for the local CBS station – Channel 9 WNCT, Eyewitness News. I got to spend an hour or so with Sasha Horne, one of their traveling news reporters, and give her


Seals and Fisheries in the Gulf of Maine

I’ve just returned from a quick trip to Provincetown, MA where I attended a seal/fishery interaction meeting hosted by the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. The meeting, sponsored by the WHOI Marine Mammal Center, brought together an diverse array of stakeholders interested in the growing gray seal populations in the Cape Cod region and elsewhere


Abstracts for Upcoming Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals

Our lab has several abstracts accepted for presentation at the upcoming 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. The conference is being held in Tampa, FL during November 28 to December 2, 2011. The theme of the conference is: “Cumulative effects of threats to marine mammals: Challenges to animals, scientists, and managers.” The


Cachalot and teaching innovation at Duke

This weekend was homecoming at Duke, and the place was crawling with alums, young and old. Some were back for football, others to see old friends, and a special group of alumni were back to catch up on what is new and exciting at Duke – so that they can spread details back within their


Long Eddy finished, for now…

I’m finally back at the Duke Marine lab, after a series of adventures in Massachusetts that don’t really need dwelling on. It’s great to be back – seeing family, friends and getting on with things that have been waiting for some attention for a bit. [photo size=’small’ align=’right’ title=’Andrew Westgate loves the Long Eddy!’ link=’http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2011/09/NauticalWestgate.jpg’


Just another day of fieldwork in the Long Eddy….

The weather was great from Tuesday through Friday, calm seas, light wind, and sun, but then took a turn for the worse to more typical Grand Manan weather…wind and fog.  It was blowing a good 25 knots on Saturday, keeping us onshore, but Sunday morning, we awoke to no wind and fog.  These conditions weren’t


The Long Eddy: Sustenance, Scenery and Science

The Long Eddy, situated on the northern tip of Grand Manan Island, is a beautiful and stimulating place, full of animals and energy. In a short span of minutes the ocean can change from glassy flat to boiling with upwellings and chop. A calm scene with a lone slowly-rolling porpoise changes into a cacophony of


You never forget your first (…whale)

I swear I looked down the long length of our 25-foot tag pole for what felt like minutes. The delicately positioned DTAG had disappeared from the end of the pole and the fin whale we had been chasing was descending below the water’s surface. Turning slowing, I holler back to the expectant eyes of the


A great day for research?

Today we sailed out to the Long Eddy and were greeted by unnaturally glassy and smooth seas, warm temperatures, and a clear blue sky. Sounds like a great day for research, doesn’t it? Hah! Let’s hear about what went on before we come to conclusions, yeah? The Balaena, the appropriately-named tagging boat, spent a good chunk


Tag On!

[photo size=’medium’ title=’We tagged this whale!’ align=’right’ link=’http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2011/08/taggedfin_ASF.jpg’ icon=’zoom’ lightbox=’image’]http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2011/08/taggedfin_ASF.jpg[/photo]After about 10 yrs or so from when we first thought about doing it, today we put out a DTAG on a fin whale in the Long Eddy. It’s been a long time coming, and we are really happy to have cracked that nut. Today was


Post-Irene. Back on the water…

The field team was able to get back out on the water today after the post-tropical storm formerly known as Hurricane Irene blew threw eastern Canada.  Amazingly, the seas laid down from storm conditions surprisingly quickly and we had beautiful at-sea conditions for sighting and tagging whales as well as mapping the patches of prey


The shakedown

We’re up here in the Bay of Fundy to collect data for my dissertation research project. My advisor, Dave Johnston, conducted his dissertation research in the same location 10 or so years ago and we are following up on his work taking advantage of new technology that has become available to us since then. We’re


In the Long Eddy…

We’ve embarked on our field season in the Bay of Fundy, seeking to tag fin whales as they exploit prey aggregations in an island wake system on the northern tip of Grand Manan Island. [photo size=’medium’ align=’left’ link=’http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2011/08/FinLongEddy.jpg’ icon=’zoom’ lightbox=’image’]http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/johnston/files/2011/08/FinLongEddy.jpg[/photo] We’re only just getting started, and have had to hunker down for a day and


Busy spring break!

Spring break at Duke is pretty much over, and it has been a busy time. Without classes to teach and with most of our research group at the Bio-logging conference in Hobart, Tasmania, it has been a great time to get some writing done. This week we polished off two papers on sea ice and


Fish-Eye View of Acoustic Logger

We got an email this week from Jeff Kuwabara, the coordinator of the Marine Options Program at UH. He and his group of scientific divers have been training in several of the bays that our SAPPHIRE project is also working in. During some bottom-time in Hookena, Jeff snapped some pics of one of our acoustic loggers


The HMS Plover Project and the Duke Special Collections Library

We’ve just started working with Dr. Kevin Wood from the University of Washington’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) and his colleagues on an interesting historical climate/ecology project. In partcular, the HMS Plover project seeks to recalibrate temperature observations made by Dr. John Simpson and others aboard the HMS Plover at


From Norris to Now: Comparing historic and present-day spinner dolphin research

Hi folks, Heather Heenehan here. I’m a Duke CEM student working with the Johnston lab. For the past year I have been involved in the SAPPHIRE Project – Spinner Dolphin Acoustics, Population Parameters and Human Impacts Research. This project, based in Hawaii, is a joint effort between Duke University and Murdoch University. As the project


International Marine Conservation Congress – Ice and Seals

Our lab just got word that two abstracts have been accepted for oral presentations at the upcoming International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) this May in Victoria, BC. I will be giving a talk that summarizes our work on harp seals and sea ice in the North Atlantic and T.J. Young will be speaking about his


Digital Sea Monsters Project

For the past year or so we have been slowly redeveloping the content of our Marine Megafauna course for mobile devices. More and more, we see students using their phones and tablets to access information in and out of class, and my colleagues and I at DUML are working towards the creation of a application


Gentoos get ‘caught on the inside’

On our latest trip to the Western Antarctic Peninsula we spent a sunny morning watching a glacier calve icebergs repeatedly into Neko Harbour, on the shore of Andvord Bay. The video below shows one set of waves from a calving event that washed the shores and caught some gentoos ‘on the inside.’ Penguins are so funny


Western Antarctic Peninsula, January 2011

I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP). I’m tired, a little sick, but extremely happy after leading a group of Duke Alumni on a cruise-ship expedition of the WAP with Ari Friedlaender. During the first half of this month we spent about 10 days aboard the Clelia II, poking


Return to the Long Eddy!

Great news!  The National Geographic Society is going to fund a short field season studying the foraging ecology of fin whales in the Long Eddy, an island wake system in the Bay of Fundy. This is a great opportunity for us to get back to Fundy. This island wake system supports a variety of top


Duke Alumni Trip on this ship!

This is video of the Clelia II on her way back from the WAP. She was about 800 miles from Ushuaia. She took a large wave over bridge which blew in a window and doused some electronics. No major damage, but it slowed the ship down a bit. Two trips south between that one and


Getting going with desktop climate modeling

[dropcap4 color=”green”]O[/dropcap4]ver the past 26 hours my 8-core monster Mac Pro has been crunching numbers like never before. I’ve had it running a public domain climate modeling software package called EdGCM. This package, created by scientists at Columbia University, is based on a research-grade global circulation model produced by NASA called GISS II and has


New boat for spinner dolphin project in Hawaii

[dropcap4 color=”green”]I[/dropcap4]t’s official, we are now the proud owners of a new (at least to us) small boat for our work in Hawaii. The boat, which is currently without a name, is a 22 foot fibreglass vessel built by C-Dory, a Washington state company. She’s an odd looking boat for Hawaii in some ways, but


Southern Ocean GLOBEC predator synthesis

[dropcap4 color=”green”]W[/dropcap4]e got great news this week as our predator synthesis paper for the Southern Ocean GLOBEC project was fully accepted for publication in the journal Deep Sea Research. This paper compiles location data for 4 key krill predators (humpbacks, minkes, Adelie penguins and crabeater seals) in Marguerite Bay and develops ecological niche models (ENMs)


A Compelling Illusion of Integrity

[Excerpted from Duke Antarctic Project Blog] [dropcap4 color=”green”]E[/dropcap4]xperiencing the Antarctic during the late autumn is a privilege, and something I wish I could share with many. When it is clear, the short daylight hours are perfused by sunlight that has traveled through miles and miles of the earth’s atmosphere – giving it that ethereal quality


Greetings from Kaliningrad – Marine Mammals of the Holarctic 2010

[dropcap4 color=”green”]H[/dropcap4]ello from the city of Kaliningrad, located within the small part of Russia that sits on the Baltic Sea. I’m here for the Marine Mammals of the Holarctic meeting, presenting a paper on the long term trends in sea ice in the breeding regions of harp seals. The talk went well, and it was a great



[dropcap4 color=”green”]W[/dropcap4]elcome to the website for the Johnston lab, part of the Marine Conservation Ecology group in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke Marine Lab. Here you will find details on our specific projects and the poeple that are working on them, as well as details on collaborative projects in our group. In general,