This summer the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab is lucky enough to have three bright interns to help conduct research on the high seas! Brandon Gertz, Claire Mullaney, and Lisa Snodgrass are all rising second year Coastal Environmental Management (CEM) graduate students at Duke University focusing on emerging and pressing challenges that affect our ocean. This… Read More


This year MiCO was recognized for their efforts to bridge the gap between science and policy. The Innovation Award recognizes the individual or group that has introduced innovative technologies and practices that help aid ocean conservation. Now in its fifth year, hosted by BOAT International and held in partnership with Blue Marine Foundation (one of the… Read More


By Elisabetta Menini, PhD Student in Marine Science and Conservation, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. The world has been talking about deep seabed mining since the 1970’s when the process to establish the United Nation Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) began. Currently, it is one of the strongest international legislative… Read More


By: Brian Wong Global Fishing Watch (GFW) uses cutting-edge technology to visualize, track and share data about global fishing activity in near real-time and for free. Their primary dataset comes from data about a vessel’s identity, type, location, speed, direction and more that is broadcast using the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and collected via satellites… Read More


by Guillermo Ortuño Crespo and Gabrielle Carmine We are in the midst of two global crises on climate and biodiversity. Fewer places represent the seriousness of these challenges better than the global ocean. The global ocean has absorbed much of the excess carbon dioxide and heat that humans have generated, while experiencing a ruthless loss… Read More


Innovations in animal tracking technology are changing the way we think about how the world’s oceans are connected, providing knowledge on the migratory connectivity of populations and species to inform worldwide conservation and sustainable use. An new study is available in Proceedings B on “The importance of migratory connectivity to global ocean policy,” co-led by… Read More


The Duke University Marine Lab hosted a Girls Exploring Science & Technology (GEST) event on April 13th, 2019, where over 200 middle school girls from local, neighboring, and distant counties (even as far as Virginia!) came to learn and have fun with a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities. … Read More


by Sarah Poulin From February 2-9, 2019 the MiCO sea turtle team migrated down the coast to Charleston, South Carolina for the 39th International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) Symposium. The symposium convenes each year to help bring together the community of sea turtle biologists, conservationists, educators, and advocates to promote the sharing of knowledge and… Read More