Dr. David W. Johnston

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation & Ecology


Dave Johnston is a broadly skilled biological oceanographer and marine conservation biologist whose research focuses on the habitat needs of marine vertebrates in relation to pressing conservation issues. He has active projects involving the effects of climate change on marine mammals, the oceanographic drivers of foraging ecology in marine vertebrates, the design and utility of marine protected areas, human/marine mammal conflicts in coastal oceans and the sustainability of incidental mortality and directed harvests of marine animals. Johnston teaches courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels - with experience in large and small classrooms, as well as in field-based learning situations. Johnston also has extensive experience incorporating new technologies into teaching, including the use of educational global circulation models, mobile apps and custom digital textbooks. His Duke University profile is here, and his lab website is available here.