Our lab has several projects underway that present opportunities for CEM/MEM and undergraduate students seeking research experiences. These opportunities may be perfect for Masters Projects, undergraduate independent study experiences or occasionally paid/unpaid internships.

Students in my lab are self-starters, naturally curious and willing to participate in all lab activities, including lab meetings where ideas are shared and projects refined. We want team players. Students are expected to assume a leadership role in their project and – in turn – can expect to be supported through mentorship from myself and senior graduate students in the lab. Students are strongly encouraged to make the time to develop useful products from their endeavors while at Duke. This may include reports to funding agencies, presentations at conferences, publications in the primary literature and digital publications delivered through apps or web technologies.

If you are interested in working on any of these projects, please contact Dave Johnston – david.johnston@duke.edu. Please include your current CV/resume and details on why you would be a good fit for the project and the lab.

’Masters
Western Antarctic Peninsula Bathymetric Study – Integrate existing multi-beam data from NSF and tour ships to create high-resolution bathymetric models of marine vertebrate feeding habitats.
Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and Bioacoustics – Characterize the soundscape of four spinner dolphin resting bays in HI before, during, and after the 2011 tsunami event and any possible changes in that soundscape using existing matlab code to calculate received third-octave power levels.
Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and Bioacoustics – Implement an energy detector to find instances of sonar use in recordings from four spinner dolphin resting bays in HI.
Teacher and Student Guide for the Sound in the Sea Day Program – To create a teacher and student guide for the Sound in the Sea Day 2014 equipment, materials, and lesson plans and also to help develop new materials for what we hope will be Sound in the Sea Day 2015.
Cape Cod Gray Seals – Assessment of haul out habitats and predictive modeling of current and future habitat suitabilty using GSM/GPRS telemetry data and other location information
Cape Cod Gray Seals – Assessing the value of gray seal tourism on Cape Cod and elsewhere in the US Northeast
Cape Cod Gray Seals – Assessing the feasibility and true costs/benefits of predator control programs in coastal marine systems
Lac Des Loups Marins Freshwater Seals – Movement analysis and assessing vulnerability to climate change.
’Independent
Cape Hatteras Harbor Seals – Assessing the occupancy of harbor seals on barrier islands at Oregon Inlet using camera traps and aerial imagery
Historical Ecology of the Newport Estuary – Development of an open access data archive of historical oceanographic measurements within the Newport Estuary and visualization of key time series.
Western Antarctic Peninsula Bathymetric Study – Integrate existing multi-beam data from NSF and tour ships to create high-resolution bathymetric models of marine vertebrate feeding habitats.
’Internships’
Historical Ecology of the Newport Estuary – Development of an open access data archive of historical oceanographic measurements within the Newport Estuary and visualization of key time series.
Western Antarctic Peninsula Bathymetric Study – Integrate existing multi-beam data from NSF and tour ships to create high-resolution bathymetric models of marine vertebrate feeding habitats.