Andy is the Stephen Toth Professor of Marine Biology at the Duke University Marine Laboratory, in Beaufort, NC, USA. He was born in Southampton, England and educated in Canada. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph in 1990 for research conducted on the life history and bycatch of harbour porpoises in the Bay of Fundy, working under the supervision of Dr. David Gaskin. He has conducted field research on marine mammals, sea birds and sea turtles in North and South America, Europe and the Antarctic. You can access his papers through Google Scholar.
Andy is a member of the Cetacean Specialist Group of the IUCN, the North Carolina Sea Turtle Advisory Committee and several federal Take Reduction Teams. He has served on the Editorial Boards of Marine Mammal Science, the Journal of Cetacean Research and Management and Endangered Species Research and on the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission. And from 2008-2010 he was President of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.
Andy lives with his wife Kim in an old farm house in Gloucester, NC, with an assortment of cats and chickens, a big organic garden and an expanding fruit orchard. His dreams of one day operating a commercial organic farm are tempered by his complete lack of competence with heavy machinery.
At the marine lab my responsibilities have ranged from coordinating and conducting marine mammal and sea turtle surveys to budget development and oversight, as well as grant coordination and reporting for several funded projects.
At Duke, I am involved in a variety of projects as a research technician here, which fortunately means a lot of field work. I help conduct aerial and vessel surveys offshore at proposed sites along the southeastern seaboard for the US Navy’s proposed Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR). Our goal is to provide the Navy with baseline data of the marine mammal and sea turtle density and abundance estimates in these areas. We accomplish this though a variety of methods, including photo-identification, passive acoustic monitoring, and biopsy sampling. I also assist in other field projects at the lab, including coastal surveys and help with data management.
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My current focus as a postdoc in the lab is on understanding the dynamics influencing pilot whale prey layers at the shelf break. Prior to coming to Duke, I got my PhD from Oregon State University, where I studied the ecology of small pelagic fish in the California Current System, and my Master’s degree from Texas A&M University, where I investigated deep scattering layers in the Gulf of Mexico.
I earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington where I studied lipid metabolic dynamics in North Atlantic right whales. I’ve spent many summers in the Bay of Fundy working on a number of field based research projects, ranging from seabird and shark foraging ecology to right whale photo-identification and habitat use studies. I’ve also worked in the Southeast United States right whale calving grounds as a research observer helping to reduce ship collisions with right whales.
Currently, I’m working on several projects in the lab but I am primarily responsible for conducting marine mammal and sea turtle surveys in the proposed Navy Undersea Warfare Training Ranges (USWTR) in Onslow Bay and off Jacksonville, FL. The aim of this project is to provide the Navy with baseline data on the occurrence, density and residency patterns of marine mammals and sea turtles in the USWTR.
I received an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and then worked as a research assistant at the University of California at Santa Cruz with Dr. Ken Norris and Dr. Randy Wells. I also managed the database from the long-term study of bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota, Florida with Randy Wells. I received a Masters degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, for work with Drs. Laela Sayigh and Randy Wells on the community structure of bottlenose dolphins in Tampa Bay, Florida. I am currently employed as a Research Analyst at Duke, where I supervise the photo-identification programs for several species of odontocete. I am also the curator of the Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Catalog.
My fieldwork at Duke consists of photo-identifying bottlenose dolphins, collecting data on dolphin and whale activity, and trawling for fish and invertebrates.
I have participated in a number of interesting projects, several of them focusing on the interactions between marine animals and commercial fisheries. Previously, we completed a study that used an overhead video system to look at how dolphins behave around gillnets in order to understand why dolphins sometimes become entangled in this gear.