Dr. David W. Johnston is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation & Ecology at Duke University, Director of the Duke Marine Lab’s Unoccupied Systems Facility
Dr. David W. Johnston is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation & Ecology at Duke University and Director of the Duke Marine Lab’s Unoccupied Systems Facility. Johnston holds a PhD from Duke University and received post-doctoral training at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California. His professional experience ranges from leading research programs for NOAA to working as an ecologist within the NGO sector. Johnston’s research program focuses on the ecology and habitat needs of marine vertebrates in relation to pressing conservation issues such as climate change, habitat loss, ocean noise, incidental mortality and overharvests. He has published extensively in top journals in the fields of conservation biology, oceanography, marine ecology and marine policy on research that spans tropical, temperate and polar biomes. Johnston is currently using small UAS for a range of marine science and conservation projects, from coastal resiliency to marine vertebrate population assessments and behavioral studies.