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
Bierlich, KC, Miller, C, DeForce, E, Friedlaender, AS, Johnston, DW, and Apprill, A. "Temporal and Regional Variability in the Skin Microbiome of Humpback Whales along the Western Antarctic Peninsula." Applied and Environmental Microbiology 84, no. 5 (March 2018).
Albertson, GR, Friedlaender, AS, Steel, DJ, Aguayo-Lobo, A, Bonatto, SL, Caballero, S, Constantine, R, Cypriano-Souza, AL, Engel, MH, Garrigue, C, Flórez-González, L, Johnston, DW, Nowacek, DP, Olavarría, C, Poole, MM, Read, AJ, Robbins, J, Sremba, AL, and Baker, CS. "Temporal stability and mixed-stock analyses of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the nearshore waters of the Western Antarctic Peninsula." Polar Biology 41, no. 2 (February 2018): 323-340.
Rees, AF, Avens, L, Ballorain, K, Bevan, E, Broderick, AC, Carthy, RR, Christianen, MJA, Duclos, G, Heithaus, MR, Johnston, DW, Mangel, JC, Paladino, F, Pendoley, K, Reina, RD, Robinson, NJ, Ryan, R, Sykora-Bodie, ST, Tilley, D, Varela, MR, Whitman, ER, Whittock, PA, Wibbels, T, and Godley, BJ. "The potential of unmanned aerial systems for sea turtle research and conservation: A review and future directions." Endangered Species Research 35 (January 1, 2018): 81-100. (Review)
Sykora-Bodie, ST, Bezy, V, Johnston, DW, Newton, E, and Lohmann, KJ. "Quantifying Nearshore Sea Turtle Densities: Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Population Assessments." Scientific reports 7, no. 1 (December 18, 2017): 17690-.
Heenehan, HL, Van Parijs, SM, Bejder, L, Tyne, JA, Southall, BL, Southall, H, and Johnston, DW. "Natural and anthropogenic events influence the soundscapes of four bays on Hawaii Island." Marine Pollution Bulletin 124, no. 1 (November 2017): 9-20.
Collaborative Research: Foraging behavior and ecological role of the least studied Antarctic krill predator awarded by National Science Foundation
Rapid, High-Resolution Mapping of Coastal Strategic Habitats awarded by NC Division of Marine Fisheries
LTER Palmer, Antarctica (PAL): Land-Shelf-Ocean Connectivity, Ecosystem Resilience and Transformation in a Sea-Ice Influenced Pelagic Ecosystem awarded by University of California - Santa Cruz
Assessing a Novel Method for Geolocating Subtidal Survey Transects awarded by Southern California Research Learning Center
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)
area(s) of expertiseClimate Change Conservation Ecology Endangered/Threatened Species Marine Science Oceanography Tropical Ecology Advisor: MSC Doctoral Program
315/Bookout/Duke Marine Lab, 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516
Ph.D., Duke University (2004)