Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab


New Report from MiCO

Innovations in animal tracking technology are changing the way we think about how the world’s oceans are connected, providing knowledge on the migratory connectivity of populations and species to inform worldwide conservation and sustainable use. An new study is available in Proceedings B on “The importance of migratory connectivity to global ocean policy,” co-led by …

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Supporting Women in Science: MGEL Volunteers for GEST

The Duke University Marine Lab hosted a Girls Exploring Science & Technology (GEST) event on April 13th, 2019, where over 200 middle school girls from local, neighboring, and distant counties (even as far as Virginia!) came to learn and have fun with a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities.


International Sea Turtle Society Symposium: MiCO Migrates to Charleston, SC!

by Sarah Poulin From February 2-9, 2019 the MiCO sea turtle team migrated down the coast to Charleston, South Carolina for the 39th International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) Symposium. The symposium convenes each year to help bring together the community of sea turtle biologists, conservationists, educators, and advocates to promote the sharing of knowledge and …

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The MiCO System

On April 1st, 2019 the MiCO System launches at the 2nd Intergovernmental Conference on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). Underlying the discussions and negotiations for a new international legally binding instrument are important considerations of how areas within and beyond national jurisdictions are connected, highlighted …

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Mapping Cetacean Habitat

Cetaceans are protected worldwide but vulnerable to incidental harm from an expanding array of human activities at sea. Managing potential hazards to these highly-mobile populations increasingly requires a detailed understanding of their seasonal distributions and habitats. Pursuant to the urgent need for this knowledge in U.S. waters of the western North Atlantic and Gulf of …

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Species Distribution Modeling Workshops in NZ

In December, following the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s 20th Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals in Otago, New Zealand, we conducted 1-day workshops at the University of Otago and University of Auckland. Thanks to all who attended! A special thanks to the workshop organizers, Judy Rodda and Rochelle Constantine. At the workshops, we presented introductory lectures on MGET, …

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Esri Honors MGEL’s Work

At the 2012 Esri International User Conference, Esri honored the Duke Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab (MGEL) with a Special Achievement in GIS Award, in recognition of MGEL’s contributions to marine science and its “outstanding work with GIS technology”. MGEL Director Pat Halpin and members Ben Best and Jason Roberts attended the conference and received the award on behalf of the …

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We were recently notified by Dr. James Sheppard, Chair of the Spatial Ecology and Telemetry Working Group (SETWG) of The Wildlife Society (TWS), that the SETWG has recognized the MGET development team with an award for providing “a spatial function, tool or service that has significantly enhanced the field of wildlife conservation and management”. More details of the award …

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