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Douglas Nowacek

Randolph K. Repass and Sally-Christine Rodgers University Distinguished Professor of Conservation Technology in Environment and Engineering
Marine Science and Conservation
Duke Univ Marine Lab, 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516

Selected Presentations & Appearances


Effects of Seismic Signals on Marine Animals - Congressional briefing · May 28, 2014 Invited Talk Oceana, Washington, DC

Outreach & Engaged Scholarship


Bass Connections Team Leader - Data+ · 2022 - 2023 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Pilot PlanktoScope for Climate Change Research · 2022 - 2023 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Developing Rapid Remote Assessments of Oyster Reef Health and Biodiversity · 2019 - 2020 Projects & Field Work flag North Carolina Energy & Environment
Co-Chair - Global Alliance for Managing Ocean Noise · 2019 - 2022 Innovation
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Ocean Energy: Products and Pollutants · August 2017 - May 2018 Projects & Field Work flag United States of America
Bass Connections Team Leader - Data+ · 2022 - 2023 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Pilot PlanktoScope for Climate Change Research · 2022 - 2023 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Developing Rapid Remote Assessments of Oyster Reef Health and Biodiversity · 2019 - 2020 Projects & Field Work flag North Carolina Energy & Environment
Co-Chair - Global Alliance for Managing Ocean Noise · 2019 - 2022 Innovation
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Ocean Energy: Products and Pollutants · August 2017 - May 2018 Projects & Field Work flag United States of America
Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Data+ Project Lead · 2017 Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Information, Society & Culture

Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - History and Future of Ocean Energy · August 2016 - May 2017 Projects & Field Work flag United States of America
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - History and Future of Ocean Energy · August 2015 - May 2016 Projects & Field Work flag United States of America
Panel Member - Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel · 2009 - 2022 Consulting International Union for the Conservation of Nature , Gland, Switzerland Since 2004, IUCN has worked with Sakhalin Energy – an oil and gas company with Gazprom, Shell, Mitsui and Mitsubishi as shareholders – and other actors to ensure the long-term conservation of the western gray whales. The feeding areas near Sakhalin Island, off the Russian coast, just north of Japan – a region with large offshore oil and gas deposits, and active exploitation of other natural resources – are used by the whales every summer and are vital for maintenance of the population. In response to the concerns raised by the conservation community, IUCN established a Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) to provide independent scientific advice and recommendations on how the company can minimize risks associated with its operations on gray whales and their habitat.

Service to the Profession


Chair - North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium · July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2014 Other
Chair - Atlantic Scientific Review Group · January 2006 Committee Service NOAA / National Marine Fisheries Service,

Service to Duke


Co-lead . Oceans@Duke · 2019 Curriculum Innovations Duke,

Oceans@Duke is an interdisciplinary community of faculty and students at Duke University working at the intersections of ocean science, governance, and business to promote ocean sustainability. We enable faculty and students across Duke University to collaborate with current faculty and representation from the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Fuqua School of Business, the Duke School of Law, the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Duke School of Medicine, the Pratt School of Engineering, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China.

Together, the Working Group and Student Club drives interdisciplinary collaboration, amplifies our individual efforts to increase the scale and impact by tapping into our network of experts and seeks to raise awareness of “blue” private and public sector careers. We achieve this by educating current and future ocean-interested leaders, fostering interdisciplinary research and thought leadership, and connecting with ocean stakeholders to turn ideas into reality.

These goals necessitate a wide range of backgrounds to better understand how each of our skills can drive sustainable ocean uses, flourishing ocean ecosystems and just communities. For more on the Oceans@Duke Student Club, see here.

Coordinator . Ocean Engineering Lab · 2018 Curriculum Innovations Duke Marine Lab, Beaufort