David William Johnston

David William Johnston

Associate Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation Ecology

Dr. David W. Johnston is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation & Ecology at Duke University and Director of the Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab. 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

Seymour, AC, Ridge, JT, Newton, E, Rodriguez, AB, and Johnston, DW. "Geomorphic response of inlet barrier islands to storms." Geomorphology (April 2019).
Gray, PC, Fleishman, AB, Klein, DJ, McKown, MW, B├ęzy, VS, Lohmann, KJ, and Johnston, DW. "A convolutional neural network for detecting sea turtles in drone imagery." Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10, no. 3 (March 1, 2019): 345-355.
Johnston, DW. "Unoccupied Aircraft Systems in Marine Science and Conservation." Annual Review of Marine Science 11 (January 2019): 439-463.
Windle, AE, Shane Hooley, D, and Johnston, DW. "Robotic vehicles enable high-resolution light pollution sampling of sea turtle nesting beaches." Frontiers in Marine Science 5, no. DEC (December 20, 2018).
Tyne, JA, Christiansen, F, Heenehan, HL, Johnston, DW, and Bejder, L. "Chronic exposure of Hawaii Island spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) to human activities." Royal Society Open Science 5, no. 10 (October 24, 2018): 171506-null.

Recent Grants

Courses

BIOLOGY 335A: Drones in Marine Biology, Ecology, and Conservation (BIOLOGY 335A: Drones in Marine Biology, Ecology, and Conservation)
PUBPOL 445A: Climate Change in the Marine Environment (PUBPOL 445A: Climate Change in the Marine Environment)
ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)
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)

Contact Information

315/BOOKOUT/DUKE Marine Lab, 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516

Education

Ph.D., Duke University (2004)