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


Mannocci, L, Roberts, JJ, Halpin, PN, Authier, M, Boisseau, O, Bradai, MN, Cañadas, A, Chicote, C, David, L, Di-Méglio, N, Fortuna, CM, Frantzis, A, Gazo, M, Genov, T, Hammond, PS, Holcer, D, Kaschner, K, Kerem, D, Lauriano, G, Lewis, T, Notarbartolo di Sciara, G, Panigada, S, Raga, JA, Scheinin, A, Ridoux, V, Vella, A, and Vella, J. "Assessing cetacean surveys throughout the Mediterranean Sea: a gap analysis in environmental space." Scientific reports 8, no. 1 (February 15, 2018): 3126-.
Johnson, DE, Barrio Froján, C, Turner, PJ, Weaver, P, Gunn, V, Dunn, DC, Halpin, P, Bax, NJ, and Dunstan, PK. "Reviewing the EBSA process: Improving on success." Marine Policy 88 (February 1, 2018): 75-85.
Mannocci, L, Boustany, AM, Roberts, JJ, Palacios, DM, Dunn, DC, Halpin, PN, Viehman, S, Moxley, J, Cleary, J, Bailey, H, Bograd, SJ, Becker, EA, Gardner, B, Hartog, JR, Hazen, EL, Ferguson, MC, Forney, KA, Kinlan, BP, Oliver, MJ, Perretti, CT, Ridoux, V, Teo, SLH, and Winship, AJ. "Temporal resolutions in species distribution models of highly mobile marine animals: Recommendations for ecologists and managers." Edited by M Beger. Diversity and Distributions 23, no. 10 (October 2017): 1098-1109.
Sutton, TT, Clark, MR, Dunn, DC, Halpin, PN, Rogers, AD, Guinotte, J, Bograd, SJ, Angel, MV, Perez, JAA, Wishner, K, Haedrich, RL, Lindsay, DJ, Drazen, JC, Vereshchaka, A, Piatkowski, U, Morato, T, Błachowiak-Samołyk, K, Robison, BH, Gjerde, KM, Pierrot-Bults, A, Bernal, P, Reygondeau, G, and Heino, M. "A global biogeographic classification of the mesopelagic zone." Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 126 (August 2017): 85-102.
Moxley, JH, Bogomolni, A, Hammill, MO, Moore, KMT, Polito, MJ, Sette, L, Sharp, WB, Waring, GT, Gilbert, JR, Halpin, PN, and Johnston, DW. "Google Haul Out: Earth Observation Imagery and Digital Aerial Surveys in Coastal Wildlife Management and Abundance Estimation." Bioscience 67, no. 8 (August 2017): 760-768.

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)
EOS 359: Fundamentals of GIS and Geospatial Analysis (EOS 359: Fundamentals of GIS and Geospatial Analysis)
ENVIRON 359: Fundamentals of GIS and Geospatial Analysis (ENVIRON 359: Fundamentals of GIS and Geospatial Analysis)

Contact Information

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


Ph.D., University of Virginia (1995)