As the Principal Investigator at MGEL, Patrick N. Halpin’s research focuses on marine geospatial analysis, ecological applications of geographic information systems and remote sensing; and marine conservation and ecosystem-based management.

Patrick N. Halpin

Director of the Geospatial Ecology Program Associate Professor of Marine Geospatial Ecology Marine Science & Conservation Environmental Sciences & Policy Patrick Halpin is an Associate Professor of Marine Geospatial Ecology and Director of the Geospatial Analysis Program at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University Marine Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences… Read More

Ben Best

PhD Candidate Ben Best is PhD candidate building predictive distribution models of marine species and developing spatio-temporal frameworks for minimizing exposure risk of endangered animals to industry (e.g. military, shipping, fishing). He has worked on the OBIS-SEAMAP marine animal observation geoportal, Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools,  Census of Marine Life Map & Viz, and species distribution modeling of cetaceans… Read More

Jesse Cleary

Research Analyst Jesse has a background in Geography and Remote Sensing and interests in spatial ecology, ecoinformatics, open-source GIS, and marine spatial planning.  Jesse works on a range of informatics, cartography, and applied marine GIS projects across the lab.  He also teaches an introductory GIS course for Duke undergrads. A328 LSRC Building Research Drive Duke… Read More

Guillermo Ortuño Crespo

I am a Ph.D. student at Duke’s Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab and a Fellow with the UNC-Nippon Foundation Nereus Program. As part of my Ph.D. research here at Duke, I will try to better understand the spatiotemporal patterns of distribution of highly mobile species through the use of different spatial modelling approaches. Even though my… Read More

Corrie Curtice

Research Analyst 135 Duke Marine Lab Road Beaufort, NC 28516 Corrie joined the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab in 2009 after completing her Master’s of Environmental Management at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment with specialties in coastal environmental management and geospatial analysis.  With an undergraduate degree in Computer and Information Science and 15 years of… Read More

Ben Donnelly

Research Associate   Ben joined MGEL in 2007 and plays a key role in many ongoing projects including OBIS-SEAMAP, the Marine Ecosystem Services Project and work with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. With Pat Halpin and Jesse Cleary, he helped create the Census of Marine Life “Map of Ocean Life”, published by National Geographic.… Read More

Daniel Dunn

Research Scientist 135 Duke Marine Lab Road Beaufort, NC 28516 “I am a research scientist with the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University and a Senior Fellow with the UBC-Nippon Foundation Nereus Program. As an interdisciplinary marine conservation ecologist, I strive for an integrative approach bringing together ecology, oceanography, conservation, natural resource management and… Read More

John Fay

Research Professor a328 LSRC Building Research Drive Duke University Durham NC 27708… Read More

Ei Fujioka

Research Associate Ei Fujioka is a lead developer of marine biogeographic information centers including OBIS-SEAMAP and OBIS. A328 LSRC Building Research Drive Duke University Durham NC 27708… Read More

Pete Harrell

Research Professor a328 LSRC Building Research Drive Duke University Durham NC 27708… Read More

Connie Kot

Associate in Research, SWOT Database Manager 135 Duke Marine Lab Road Beaufort, NC 28516 Connie has worked on a variety of projects with the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, including the State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT), Ocean Biogeographic Information System – Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations (OBIS-SEAMAP), and the Global Bycatch Assessment Project (Project… Read More

Erin LaBrecque

Ph.D. Candidate The focus of my Ph.D. research is to determine how frontal zones influence cetacean distributions at multiple spatial and temporal scales. My master’s research investigated the spatial distributions of cetaceans and seabirds in relation to synoptic and dynamic oceanographic and static bathymetric variables. From this research, it was clear that assessing distribution patterns… Read More

Laura Mannocci

Post-doctoral Associate I joined the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab as a Post-doctoral Associate in 2014. My research interests include: Understanding how physiographic, oceanographic and biological factors influence the distributions of marine predators at large spatial scales Investigating the choice of temporal resolutions for modeling marine predator distributions in various ecosystems Extrapolating cetacean densities to enhance… Read More

Jerry Moxley

Research: With well-developed quantitative expertise, strong theoretical foundations, and diverse experience in marine, terrestrial, and island ecosystems, Jerry is a spatial and behavioral ecologist that studies animal movement, foraging, and habitat use.  Using a biologging telemetry approach, he is most keen to understand how movement and behavior are affected by environmental processes as well as interspecific interactions,… Read More

Jason Roberts

Originally a software engineer with a passion for scuba diving and other marine hobbies, I left Microsoft in 2003 to pursue a full time career in marine research and conservation. At the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, I split my time between writing software tools and conducting scientific research. I am interested in facilitating progress in… Read More

Shay Viehman

PhD Student Shay is a PhD student in the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.  Her broad research interests include bio-physical coupling, spatio-temporal dynamics, and marine spatial planning.  Her dissertation research addresses effects of disturbance on marine benthic communities, population processes regulating coral species, spatial scales of… Read More