Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab

Projects

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Our new collaboration for loggerhead conservation

The Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University and the University of Exeter, UK are undertaking a collaborative project to support the process of defining marine turtle high use areas, including ways to handle the data that can contribute to answering this question. This pilot effort will focus on loggerhead marine turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Northwest …

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Enhancing Strategic Collaborations for the Conservation of Northwest Atlantic and Mediterranean Loggerhead Marine Turtles

This project was a collaboration led by Connie Kot and Sarah DeLand (Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment), Drs. Annette Broderick, Brendan Godley, and ALan Rees (University of Exeter, Centre for Ecology and Conservation) and Dr. Matthew Godfrey (Duke University/North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission). This project was supported by the University of Exeter & …

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Informing policy decisions based on movements of highly migratory marine animals: MiCO

On April 1 (no fooling!), MGEL and a consortium of over 50 partners launched the Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean (MiCO) system at a side event at a United Nations meeting in New York. The inter-governmental conference was the culmination of years of work by a preparatory committee to engage member nations in discussions for …

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The MiCO System

On April 1st, 2019 the MiCO System launches at the 2nd Intergovernmental Conference on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). Underlying the discussions and negotiations for a new international legally binding instrument are important considerations of how areas within and beyond national jurisdictions are connected, highlighted …

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Mapping Cetacean Habitat

Cetaceans are protected worldwide but vulnerable to incidental harm from an expanding array of human activities at sea. Managing potential hazards to these highly-mobile populations increasingly requires a detailed understanding of their seasonal distributions and habitats. Pursuant to the urgent need for this knowledge in U.S. waters of the western North Atlantic and Gulf of …

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Tools for Marine GIS

Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET) is a free, open-source geoprocessing toolbox that can help you solve a wide variety of marine research, conservation, and spatial planning problems. MGET can perform tasks such as: Downloading and converting oceanographic data into GIS formats Identifying ecologically-relevant features in remote sensing imagery Fitting, evaluating, and mapping statistical models of …

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Patterns of Bird and Wildlife Use

Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Bird and Wildlife Use and Fishing Activity in Eastern Pamlico Sound and the Coastal Ocean in Northern Raleigh Bay and Eastern Onslow Bay Funded by Duke Energy In collaboration with Charles H. Peterson, Stephen R. Fegley, Harvey Seim (UNC-CH Marine Sciences), and Chris Taylor (NOAA) In June of 2009, the …

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Studies and Valuations of Ecosystem Services

Tool Development: Studies and Valuations of Ecosystem Services Funded by The Ocean Foundation/MESP In collaboration with Linwood Pendelton (NOAA, Duke) Mapping and data explorer tool for an effort to aggregate studies and valuations of ecosystem services in marine and wetland locations.