John Durban

Population Ecologist

John’s research focuses on the population ecology of cetaceans, including assessments of abundance and demographics using photographic mark-recapture methods; photogrammetric studies of individual size, growth and body condition; and analysis of movement patterns using photo-identification and satellite telemetry. He currently works on the population assessment of eastern North Pacific gray whales, the ecosystem role of killer whales in the North Pacific and Antarctic, and the response of beaked whales to Navy sonar exposure. He combines field-based data collection with the development of custom statistical analysis tools to inform current management and conservations issues.