The Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean System (MiCO)

The Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean (MiCO) system seeks to fill a major knowledge gap regarding global migratory routes and connected areas for marine mammal, seabird, sea turtle and fish species. Due to their wide-ranging behaviors, migratory species experience a variety of anthropogenic pressures over the course of their life histories. Combined with conservation strategies… Read More

Animal Movement: Leatherback Sea Turtles

Oceanic habitat use by Mexican Leatherback Sea Turtles Funded by Lenfest Foundation In collaboration with Dr. Scott Eckert (WIDECAST) and Dr. Steven Bograd (National Marine Fisheries Service Environmental Research Division) HI3SV5GQ In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s the Pacific coast of Mexico supported the world’s largest nesting colony of the Critically Endangered leatherback sea… Read More

Antarctic Foraging Ecology

This research uses a combination of state-of-the-art technology and a multidisciplinary approach to test specific hypotheses regarding interactions among the environment, krill, and Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale). Humpback whales are a major predator of Antarctic krill, but there is still little understanding about how these whales utilize this resources.… Read More

Climate Change Data and Tools Assessment

Evaluating User Needs for Models and Decision Tools to Predict the Impacts of Climate Change on the Marine Environment Download a PDF of the slides. (12MB) Or replay the presentation on the Marine Management Forum site. This was a discussion via the Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network webinar series on October 30, 2013. A changing… Read More

CMSP and Ocean Energy

GIS Coordination for the UNC Coastal Wind Power Study and 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 At the request of the North Carolina General Assembly, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducted… Read More

Decision Support Tool to Reduce Sea Turtle Dredging Entrainment Risk

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), through its Marine Minerals Program (MMP), authorizes the use of offshore continental shelf (OCS) sand resources in shore protection and coastal restoration projects. One of the major environmental issues with these projects is the potential for dredging entrainment and mortality of federally protected sea turtles. In accordance with… Read More

Global Fisheries Conservation

Over-exploitation of the world’s fish resources has caused serious decline in fish populations, and there is widespread concern that the world oceans will be unable to supply fish products for future generations. Given the importance of marine fisheries for food security throughout the world, this poses a serious threat for coming generations, and we must… Read More

Identifying past studies and prioritizing research gaps in support of the GoMMAPPS

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (GoMMAPPS) aims to examine “living marine resource abundance, distribution, habitat use, and behavior in the Gulf of Mexico to properly mitigate and monitor for potential impacts of human activities, including related to offshore energy development.” Key tasks include: conducting… Read More


Expansion of OBIS-SEAMAP for Passive Acoustic Monitoring Data In collaboration with Melissa Soldevilla (SEFSC), J Hildebrand (Scripps), C Clark (Cornell), S Van Parijs (NEFSC) To deal with diverse methods for the detection, classification and localization of passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) data, OBIS-SEAMAP continues improving data management, metadata standards, and mapping and visualization tools for PAM… Read More

OBIS-SEAMAP Protected Species Database

OBIS-SEAMAP ( is a spatially and temporally interactive online database for marine protected species, collecting data from ship/aerial surveys and satellite telemetry as well as acoustic monitoring and PhotoID around the globe. This 10-year and on-going service is made possible by contributions from data providers all over the world. As of 2011, the OBIS-SEAMAP database holds… Read More

Regional Fisheries

Spatio-Temporal Analyses of Bycatch in the New England Groundfish Fishery   New England’s transition to catch share management, via sectors, has created an incentive for fishermen to reduce interactions with non-target species, which they previously discarded under days-at-sea management. For the first time, fishermen are not allowed to discard marketable fish, but instead must count… Read More

Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative

Informing global intergovernmental efforts to sustainably manage and conserve biodiversity Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, and the Belgian Federal Government. The Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI) is an international partnership advancing the scientific basis for conserving biological diversity in the deep seas and open oceans. It… Read More

State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT)

SWOT — the State of the World’s Sea Turtles — is a partnership led by the Marine Species Flagship Program at the Oceanic Society and the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, and supported by the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab (MGEL) at Duke University. Since 2008, MGEL has led the collection and management of sea turtle… Read More

Census of Marine Life Mapping & Visualization

  A New Map of Ocean Life The Census of Marine Life was a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans.  The world’s first comprehensive census of the past, present, and future of… Read More

NOAA Cetacean Density and Distribution Mapping Working Group

As part of the NOAA Cetacean Density and Distribution Mapping Working Group, MGEL is developing a cetacean data gap analysis to spatially and temporally determine where data needed to build distribution models are lacking.  This analysis will be used to build new cetacean density models for the US East Coast and Gulf of Mexico and… Read More