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

Sykora-Bodie, ST, Bezy, V, Johnston, DW, Newton, E, and Lohmann, KJ. "Author Correction: Quantifying Nearshore Sea Turtle Densities: Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Population Assessments(Published online)." Scientific Reports 8, no. 1 (December 2018).
Gray, PC, Ridge, JT, Poulin, SK, Seymour, AC, Schwantes, AM, Swenson, JJ, and Johnston, DW. "Integrating drone imagery into high resolution satellite remote sensing assessments of estuarine environments." Remote Sensing 10, no. 8 (August 1, 2018).
Johnston, DW. "Unoccupied Aircraft Systems in Marine Science and Conservation." Annual Review of Marine Science (July 18, 2018).
Soulen, BK, Venables, BJ, Johnston, DW, and Roberts, AP. "Accumulation of PBDEs in stranded harp (Pagophilus groenlandicus) and hooded seals (Cystophora cristata) from the Northeastern United States." Marine Environmental Research 138 (July 2018): 96-101.
Pallin, LJ, Baker, CS, Steel, D, Kellar, NM, Robbins, J, Johnston, DW, Nowacek, DP, Read, AJ, and Friedlaender, AS. "High pregnancy rates in humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) around the Western Antarctic Peninsula, evidence of a rapidly growing population." Royal Society Open Science 5, no. 5 (May 2, 2018): 180017-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)