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


Bowers, MT, Friedlaender, AS, Janik, VM, Nowacek, DP, Quick, NJ, Southall, BL, and Read, AJ. "Selective reactions to different killer whale call categories in two delphinid species." The Journal of Experimental Biology 221, no. Pt 11 (June 12, 2018).
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.
Silliman, BR, Hughes, BB, Gaskins, LC, He, Q, Tinker, MT, Read, A, Nifong, J, and Stepp, R. "Are the ghosts of nature’s past haunting ecology today?." Current Biology 28, no. 9 (May 2018): R532-R537.
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.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 776: Marine Mammals (ENVIRON 776: Marine Mammals)
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)

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)