Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab


People who belong to or associated with the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University.

Guillermo Ortuño Crespo

A Ph.D. student at Duke’s Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab and a Fellow with the UBC-Nippon Foundation Nereus Program, he seeks to better understand the spatiotemporal patterns of distribution of highly mobile species through the use of different spatial modelling approaches. With an interest in commercially exploited pelagic species and the bycatch of non-target species, he …

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Laura Mannocci

Post-doctoral Associate Laura joined the Duke Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab as a Post-doctoral Associate in 2014. Her research projects at MGEL include: Extrapolating cetacean densities to enhance their conservation in data poor areas (paper published in Conservation Biology and modeling results freely accessible via the OBIS-SEAMAP website) Investigating temporal resolutions in species distribution models of …

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Jason Roberts

Originally a software engineer with a passion for scuba diving and other marine hobbies, Jason left Microsoft in 2003 to pursue a full time career in marine research and conservation. At the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, he splits his time between writing software tools and conducting scientific research. He is interested in facilitating progress in …

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Shay Viehman

PhD Student Shay is a PhD student in the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.  Her broad research interests include bio-physical coupling, spatio-temporal dynamics, and marine spatial planning.  Her dissertation research addresses effects of disturbance on marine benthic communities, population processes regulating coral species, spatial scales of …

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Erin LaBrecque

Ph.D. Candidate The focus of my Ph.D. research is to determine how frontal zones influence cetacean distributions at multiple spatial and temporal scales. My master’s research investigated the spatial distributions of cetaceans and seabirds in relation to synoptic and dynamic oceanographic and static bathymetric variables. From this research, it was clear that assessing distribution patterns …

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John Fay

Research Professor a328 LSRC Building Research Drive Duke University Durham NC 27708

Jerry Moxley

Research: With well-developed quantitative expertise, strong theoretical foundations, and diverse experience in marine, terrestrial, and island ecosystems, Jerry is a spatial and behavioral ecologist that studies animal movement, foraging, and habitat use.  Using a biologging telemetry approach, he is most keen to understand how movement and behavior are affected by environmental processes as well as interspecific interactions, …

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Pete Harrell

Research Professor a328 LSRC Building Research Drive Duke University Durham NC 27708

Jesse Cleary

Jesse is a geographer with a background in GIS and Remote Sensing and interests in spatial ecology, spatial data science, open-source GIS, and marine spatial planning.  He works on a range of data provisioning, cartography, and applied marine GIS projects across the lab, translating the science work of the lab for use in spatial planning …

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Ei Fujioka

Research Scientist Ei Fujioka is a lead developer of marine biogeographic information centers including OBIS-SEAMAP, OBIS, and A328 LSRC Building Research Drive Duke University Durham NC 27708