Andy is the Stephen A. Toth Distinguished Professor of Marine Biology at the Duke University Marine Laboratory, in Beaufort, NC, USA. He was born in Southampton, England and educated in Canada. Andy 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, Asia and the Antarctic. You can access his papers through Google Scholar and follow him on Twitter at @AndyAread.
Andy works actively to conserve marine mammals and other marine megavertebrates throughout the world. He has been a member of the Cetacean Specialist Group of the IUCN, the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita and several federal marine mammal Take Reduction Teams. He has also served on the Editorial Boards of Marine Mammal Science, the Journal of Cetacean Research and Management and Endangered Species Research. From 2008-2010 he served as President of the Society for Marine Mammalogy. In March 2015 Andy was nominated by President Obama to serve as Chair of the Marine Mammal Commission. In April 2016 he was named Director of the Duke University Marine Laboratory.
Andy lives with his wife Kim in an old farm house in Gloucester, NC, with an assortment of animals, a big organic garden and a small fruit orchard. His dreams of one day operating a commercial organic farm are tempered by his complete lack of competence with heavy equipment and machinery of any kind.
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.
Dr. Lynne Hodge
At Duke (2011), I’m responsible for coordinating and implementing the labs research projects focused on photo-identification, biopsy sampling and multi-sensor and satellite tagging of cetaceans along the southeast US. I’m also a research vessel captain, a certified scientific diver, and I am trained in Offshore Water Survival and Diving and Wilderness First Aid. What I most enjoy about my job are the challenges that come with working with cryptic animals in remote environments.
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.
Dr. Nicola Quick
At Duke I have been employed as a Postdoctoral Associate and more recently a Research Scientist in the Read Lab. My research has focused on functional aspects of vocal behaviour in small odontocetes. I have also worked on a range of projects assessing behavioural reactions of marine mammals to man-made sound. These projects have looked at aspects of vocal and movement behaviour using on animal tags. I am fortunate to be involved in a range of international collaborative projects in the US, Scotland and the Bahamas.