Andrew J. Read

Andrew J. Read

Stephen A. Toth Professor of Marine Biology

MSC Division Chair | Director, Duke Marine Lab

Dr. Read's research interests are in the conservation biology of long-lived marine vertebrates, particularly marine mammals, seabirds and sea turtles. Much of his current research documents the effects of human activities on populations of these species and attempts to find solutions to such conflicts. This work involves field work, experimentation and modeling. He is particularly interested in the development and application of new conservation tools.

In The News


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.

Quick, N, Callahan, H, and Read, AJ. "Two-component calls in short-finned pilot whales ( Globicephala macrorhynchus )." Marine Mammal Science 34, no. 1 (January 2018): 155-168.

Harris, CM, Thomas, L, Falcone, EA, Hildebrand, J, Houser, D, Kvadsheim, PH, Lam, F-PA, Miller, PJO, Moretti, DJ, Read, AJ, Slabbekoorn, H, Southall, BL, Tyack, PL, Wartzok, D, and Janik, VM. "Marine mammals and sonar: Dose-response studies, the risk-disturbance hypothesis and the role of exposure context." Edited by J Blanchard. Journal of Applied Ecology 55, no. 1 (January 2018): 396-404.

Hoekendijk, JPA, Spitz, J, Read, AJ, Leopold, MF, and Fontaine, MC. "Resilience of harbor porpoises to anthropogenic disturbance: Must they really feed continuously?." Marine Mammal Science 34, no. 1 (January 1, 2018): 258-264. (Letter)

Davis, GE, Baumgartner, MF, Bonnell, JM, Bell, J, Berchok, C, Bort Thornton, J, Brault, S, Buchanan, G, Charif, RA, Cholewiak, D, Clark, CW, Corkeron, P, Delarue, J, Dudzinski, K, Hatch, L, Hildebrand, J, Hodge, L, Klinck, H, Kraus, S, Martin, B, Mellinger, DK, Moors-Murphy, H, Nieukirk, S, Nowacek, DP, Parks, S, Read, AJ, Rice, AN, Risch, D, Širović, A, Soldevilla, M, Stafford, K, Stanistreet, JE, Summers, E, Todd, S, Warde, A, and Van Parijs, SM. "Long-term passive acoustic recordings track the changing distribution of North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) from 2004 to 2014." Scientific reports 7, no. 1 (October 18, 2017): 13460-.

Recent Grants


BIOLOGY 376A: Marine Mammals (BIOLOGY 376A: Marine Mammals)
BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study (BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 776LA: Marine Mammals (ENVIRON 776LA: Marine Mammals)
ENVIRON 376LA: Marine Mammals (ENVIRON 376LA: Marine Mammals)

Contact Information

135 Duke Marine Lab Rd
Beaufort, NC 28516


Ph.D., University of Guelph (Canada) (1990)
M.S., University of Guelph (Canada) (1983)
B.S., University of Guelph (Canada) (1980)