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.
Stanistreet, J, Nowacek, D, Bell, J, Cholewiak, D, Hildebrand, J, Hodge, L, Van Parijs, S, and Read, A. "Spatial and seasonal patterns in acoustic detections of sperm whales Physeter macrocephalus along the continental slope in the western North Atlantic Ocean." Endangered Species Research 35 (January 15, 2018): 1-13.
Hodge, LEW, Baumann-Pickering, S, Hildebrand, JA, Bell, JT, Cummings, EW, Foley, HJ, Mcalarney, RJ, Mclellan, WA, Pabst, DA, Swaim, ZT, Waples, DM, and Read, AJ. "Heard but not seen: Occurrence of Kogia spp. along the western North Atlantic shelf break (Accepted)." Marine Mammal Science (January 1, 2018).
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.
Mclellan, WA, Mcalarney, RJ, Cummings, EW, Read, AJ, Paxton, CGM, Bell, JT, and Pabst, DA. "Distribution and abundance of beaked whales (Family Ziphiidae) Off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, U.S.A. (Accepted)" Marine Mammal Science (January 1, 2018).

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)