Patrick N. Halpin

Patrick N. Halpin

Professor of Marine Geospatial Ecology

Co-Chair of CEM Program

Patrick Halpin is an Associate Professor of Marine Geospatial Ecology in the Marine Science and Conservation Division of the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. Prof. Halpin leads the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab with laboratory facilities located at the main campus of Duke University as well as the Duke University Marine Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia in 1995. Prof. Halpin’s research focuses on marine geospatial analysis, ecological applications of geographic information systems and remote sensing; marine conservation and ecosystem-based management. Prof. Halpin sits on a number of international scientific and conservation program steering committees including the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), the Global Oceans Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), the Marine Working Group for the Group on Earth Observations - Biodiversity Observing Networks (GEO-BON) and the Google Oceans Advisory Council.

In The News


Acton, L, Campbell, LM, Cleary, J, Gray, NJ, and Halpin, PN. "What is the Sargasso Sea? The problem of fixing space in a fluid ocean." Political Geography 68 (January 1, 2019): 86-100.
Yates, KL, Bouchet, PJ, Caley, MJ, Mengersen, K, Randin, CF, Parnell, S, Fielding, AH, Bamford, AJ, Ban, S, Barbosa, AM, Dormann, CF, Elith, J, Embling, CB, Ervin, GN, Fisher, R, Gould, S, Graf, RF, Gregr, EJ, Halpin, PN, Heikkinen, RK, Heinänen, S, Jones, AR, Krishnakumar, PK, Lauria, V, Lozano-Montes, H, Mannocci, L, Mellin, C, Mesgaran, MB, Moreno-Amat, E, Mormede, S, Novaczek, E, Oppel, S, Ortuño Crespo, G, Peterson, AT, Rapacciuolo, G, Roberts, JJ, Ross, RE, Scales, KL, Schoeman, D, Snelgrove, P, Sundblad, G, Thuiller, W, Torres, LG, Verbruggen, H, Wang, L, Wenger, S, Whittingham, MJ, Zharikov, Y, Zurell, D, and Sequeira, AMM. "Outstanding Challenges in the Transferability of Ecological Models." Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33, no. 10 (October 2018): 790-802. (Review)
Crespo, GO, Dunn, DC, Reygondeau, G, Boerder, K, Worm, B, Cheung, W, Tittensor, DP, and Halpin, PN. "The environmental niche of the global high seas pelagic longline fleet." Science Advances 4, no. 8 (August 8, 2018): eaat3681-null.
Dunn, DC, Van Dover, CL, Etter, RJ, Smith, CR, Levin, LA, Morato, T, Colaço, A, Dale, AC, Gebruk, AV, Gjerde, KM, Halpin, PN, Howell, KL, Johnson, D, Perez, JAA, Ribeiro, MC, Stuckas, H, Weaver, P, and SEMPIA Workshop Participants, . "A strategy for the conservation of biodiversity on mid-ocean ridges from deep-sea mining." Science Advances 4, no. 7 (July 4, 2018): eaar4313-null.
Dunn, DC, Jablonicky, C, Crespo, GO, McCauley, DJ, Kroodsma, DA, Boerder, K, Gjerde, KM, and Halpin, PN. "Empowering high seas governance with satellite vessel tracking data." Fish and Fisheries 19, no. 4 (July 1, 2018): 729-739.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 559: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis (ENVIRON 559: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 765: Geospatial Analysis for Coastal and Marine Management (ENVIRON 765: Geospatial Analysis for Coastal and Marine Management)
ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar (ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar)
ENVIRON 394: Research Independent Study (ENVIRON 394: Research Independent Study)

Contact Information

A324 Lev Sci Res Ctr
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328


Ph.D., University of Virginia (1995)