We focus on the ecology and habitat needs of marine vertebrates in relation to pressing conservation issues, and developing new ways to communicate our science effectively.
What we are up to:

The COVE opens!

I’m happy to announce that we have now opened a new visualization facility for our research group – the Coastal and Ocean Visualization Environment. The details on the facility are here. This system is primarily designed to help visualize and analyze the large geospatial datasets we generate through telemetry projects, but also useful for other


“A Sea of Sound” Lesson Plan Published

Demi Fox, Julia Goss, Liza Hoos and I are proud to announce that our Lesson Plan called “A Sea of Sound” has been published in the new ALA Editions e-book, “Tablet Computers in School Libraries and Classrooms.”  According to an American Library Association press release, the book “speaks directly to librarians and educators working with


Sound in the Sea Day Success

On, April 17th, 164 Morehead City Middle School 6th grade students and their teachers and chaperones descended on the Duke Marine Lab for a day of learning about Sound in the Sea. The motivation behind Sound in the Sea Day was to give students outside the classroom experiences that connect to inside the classroom concepts,


Megafauna MOOC Concludes

Happy to report that I survived the first running of my Coursera MOOC: Marine Megafauna | An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation. The course finished officially on April 6 with having 14,221 total learners signed up. Of these over 8000 watched lectures and over 4000 submitted quizzes and writing assignments. At the end of the class


3 Women Changing the World Through Technology

On March 6, 2014, I was extremely honored to be called one of “3 Women Changing the World through Technology” by Skype in association with International Women’s Day. Tim Lucas wrote in a news release for Duke University Nicholas School News , “Marine Lab PhD student Heather Heenehan has been honored as one of three


New paper on Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin Abundance

I’m happy to announce the publication of the first quantitative abundance estimate for spinner dolphins on the Kona Coast of Hawaii Island. This work, led by Julian Tyne and part of the joint Duke/Murdoch SAPPHIRE project provides managers much needed information for managing human effects on this species in Hawaii. This newly identified stock of


New paper on basking shark distribution in the Bay of Fundy

Today Zach Siders published a paper in PLOS ONE on his work studying the distribution and dive behavior of basking sharks in the Bay of Fundy, based on records from opportunistic surveys and tour operators. This work provides the first details on the distribution of these elusive animals in the waters of eastern Canada and


Coastal Walkabout citizen science framework is out of the gates!

Yesterday we launched Coastal Walkabout, a new open access citizen science initiative which utilises smart phone technology and social media to engage and motivate local communities to gather scientific observations within coastal and estuarine environments in Western Australia. This projects sits at the intersection of 3 of the things I hold dear: technology, open access