Duke Marine Lab’s Andy Read Nominated to Chair U.S. Marine Mammal Commission

March 18, 2015

Tim Lucas, 919-613-8084, tdlucas@duke.edu

DURHAM, N.C. – President Barack Obama yesterday announced his intent to nominate Duke University marine biologist Andrew J. Read to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission.

Upon confirmation by the U.S. Senate and processing of his appointment paperwork by the White House, Read would become chairman of the Commission.

The Marine Mammal Commission is an independent agency, established in 1972, to provide oversight for marine mammal policies and programs being carried out by federal regulatory agencies.

Read is the Stephen A. Toth Professor of Marine Biology at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He is based at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, N.C.

A widely cited expert on marine vertebrates, particularly marine mammals, sea birds and sea turtles, Read served on the Marine Mammal Commission’s Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals from 2003 to 2008 and was president of the Society for Marine Mammalogy from 2008 to 2010. He also has served on the editorial boards of Marine Mammal Science, the Journal of Cetacean Research and Management and Endangered Species Research.

He has conducted research on marine species in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Antarctica, and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed studies.

Much of his current work focuses on documenting the effects of human activities on marine species, and developing and applying new conservation tools to resolve such conflicts. He has served on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Cetacean Specialist Group and on the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee.

Read joined the Duke faculty in 1995.  He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Guelph in Canada.