David William Johnston

David William Johnston

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation Ecology

Dr. David W. Johnston is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation & Ecology at Duke University. Johnston holds a PhD from Duke University and received post-doctoral training at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California. His professional experience ranges from leading research programs for NOAA to working as an ecologist within the NGO sector. Johnston’s research program focuses on the ecology and habitat needs of marine vertebrates in relation to pressing conservation issues such as climate change, habitat loss, ocean noise, incidental mortality and overharvests. He has published extensively in top journals in the fields of conservation biology, oceanography, marine ecology and marine policy on research that spans tropical, temperate and polar biomes. Johnston is an innovative teacher with experience in both large and small classrooms, and is skilled in Massive Open Online Courses, field-based learning situations, data visualization and digital textbook development and publication.

In The News

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Heenehan, HL, Van Parijs, SM, Bejder, L, Tyne, JA, and Johnston, DW. "Differential effects of human activity on Hawaiian spinner dolphins in their resting bays." Global Ecology and Conservation 10 (April 2017): 60-69.
Seymour, AC, Dale, J, Hammill, M, Halpin, PN, and Johnston, DW. "Automated detection and enumeration of marine wildlife using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and thermal imagery." Scientific reports 7 (March 24, 2017): 45127-.
Tyne, JA, Johnston, DW, Christiansen, F, and Bejder, L. "Temporally and spatially partitioned behaviours of spinner dolphins: implications for resilience to human disturbance." Royal Society Open Science 4, no. 1 (January 2017): 160626-160626.
Heenehan, HL, Van Parijs, SM, Bejder, L, Tyne, JA, and Johnston, DW. "Using acoustics to prioritize management decisions to protect coastal dolphins: A case study using Hawaiian spinner dolphins." Marine Policy 75 (January 2017): 84-90.
Burrows, JA, Johnston, DW, Straley, JM, Chenoweth, EM, Ware, C, Curtice, C, DeRuiter, SL, and Friedlaender, AS. "Prey density and depth affect the fine-scale foraging behavior of humpback whales Megaptera novaeangliae in Sitka Sound, Alaska, USA." Marine Ecology Progress Series 561 (December 15, 2016): 245-260.

Courses

PUBPOL 445A: Climate Change in the Marine Environment (PUBPOL 445A: Climate Change in the Marine Environment)
ENVIRON 745A: Climate Change in the Marine Environment (ENVIRON 745A: Climate Change in the Marine Environment)
BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study (BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
BIOLOGY 205: Marine Megafauna (BIOLOGY 205: Marine Megafauna)

Contact Information

315/bookout/duke Marine Lab, 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516

Education

Ph.D., Duke University (2004)