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

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

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

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

Laura Mannocci

Post-doctoral Associate Laura joined the Duke Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab as a Post-doctoral Associate in 2014. Her research projects at MGEL include: Extrapolating cetacean densities to enhance their conservation in data poor areas (paper published in Conservation Biology and modeling results freely accessible via the OBIS-SEAMAP website) Investigating temporal resolutions in species distribution models of… Read More