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


Popova, E., D. Vousden, W. H. H. Sauer, E. Y. Mohammed, V. Allain, N. Downey-Breedt, R. Fletcher, et al. “Ecological connectivity between the areas beyond national jurisdiction and coastal waters: Safeguarding interests of coastal communities in developing countries.” Marine Policy 104 (June 1, 2019): 90–102.
Hays, Graeme C., Helen Bailey, Steven J. Bograd, W Don Bowen, Claudio Campagna, Ruth H. Carmichael, Paolo Casale, et al. “Translating Marine Animal Tracking Data into Conservation Policy and Management..” Trends in Ecology & Evolution 34, no. 5 (May 2019): 459–73.
Roberts, S. M., A. M. Boustany, P. N. Halpin, and R. R. Rykaczewski. “Cyclical climate oscillation alters species statistical relationships with local habitat.” Marine Ecology Progress Series 614 (April 4, 2019): 159–71.
Best, Benjamin D., and Patrick N. Halpin. “Minimizing wildlife impacts for offshore wind energy development: Winning tradeoffs for seabirds in space and cetaceans in time..” Plos One 14, no. 5 (January 2019).
Acton, L., L. M. Campbell, J. Cleary, N. J. Gray, and P. N. Halpin. “What is the Sargasso Sea? The problem of fixing space in a fluid ocean.” Political Geography 68 (January 1, 2019): 86–100.

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)