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


Thorne, L. H., R. W. Baird, D. L. Webster, J. E. Stepanuk, and A. J. Read. “Predicting fisheries bycatch: A case study and field test for pilot whales in a pelagic longline fishery.” Diversity and Distributions 25, no. 6 (June 1, 2019): 909–23.
Quick, N. J., W. R. Cioffi, J. Shearer, and A. J. Read. “Mind the gap - Optimizing satellite tag settings for time series analysis of foraging dives in Cuvier's beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris).” Animal Biotelemetry 7, no. 1 (March 15, 2019).
Shearer, Jeanne M., Nicola J. Quick, William R. Cioffi, Robin W. Baird, Daniel L. Webster, Heather J. Foley, Zachary T. Swaim, Danielle M. Waples, Joel T. Bell, and Andrew J. Read. “Diving behaviour of Cuvier's beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina..” Royal Society Open Science 6, no. 2 (February 6, 2019).
Rojas-Bracho, L., F. M. D. Gulland, C. R. Smith, B. Taylor, R. S. Wells, P. O. Thomas, B. Bauer, et al. “A field effort to capture critically endangered vaquitas Phocoena sinus for protection from entanglement in illegal gillnets.” Endangered Species Research 38 (January 1, 2019): 11–27.
Taylor, B. L., R. S. Wells, P. A. Olson, R. L. Brownell, F. M. D. Gulland, A. J. Read, F. J. Valverde-Esparza, et al. “Likely annual calving in the vaquita, Phocoena sinus: A new hope?.” Marine Mammal Science, January 1, 2019.

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)