Daniel Dunn

Ph.D., Marine Science & Conservation

University of Queensland

2011-2014 Junior Research Fellow (Duke University)

2014-2017 Senior Research Fellow (Duke University)

Senior Lecturer, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (University of Queensland)
Research Scientist, Director CBCS

Daniel Dunn is a research scientist with the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University where he focuses on the conservation of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, and dynamic management of marine resources. This work is driven by an interest in conservation biology grounded in pelagic ecology, biogeography and macroecology. To more directly address these issues at appropriate scales and over their full extent, Dunn works to bring science to bear on marine policy in areas beyond national jurisdiction.


Sutton, T. T., Clark, M. R., Dunn, D. C., Halpin, P. N., Rogers, A. D., Guinotte, J., Bograd, S. J., Angel, M. V., Perez, J. A. A., Wishner, K., Haedrich, R. L., Lindsay, D. J., Drazen, J. C., Vereshchaka, A., Piatkowski, U., Morato, T., Blachowiak-Samolyk, K., Robison, B. H., Gjerde, K. M., Pierrot-Bults, A., Bernal, P., Reygondeau, G., Heino, M., 2017, A global biogeographic classification of the mesopelagic zone2, Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers,, link

Morato T., Miller P., Dunn D., Nicol S., Bowcott J., Halpin P., 2015, A perspective on the importance of oceanic fronts in promoting aggregation of visitors to seamounts, Marine Ecosystem, Oceanography, Biodiversity, Marine Habitat, Fish and Fisherieslink

Tittensor, D.P., Eddy, T.D., Lotze, H.K., Galbraith, E.D., Cheung, W.W.L., Barange, M., Blanchard, J., Bopp, L., Bryndum-Buchholz, A., Büchner, M., Bulman, C., Carozza, D.A., Christensen, V., Coll, M., Dunne, J.P, Fernandes, J.A., Fulton, E.A., Hobday, A., Huber, V., Jennings, S., Jones, M., Lehodey, P., Link, J.S., Mackinson, S., Maury, O., Niiranen, S., Oliveros-Ramos, R., Roy, T., Schewe, J., Shin, Y.J., Silva, T., Stock, C.A., Steenbeek, J., Underwood, P.J., Volkholz, J., Watson, J., Walker, N.  2018. A protocol for the intercomparison of marine fishery and ecosystem models: Fish-MIP v1.0. Geoscientific Model Development 11: 1421-1442  link

Crespo, G.O., Dunn, D.C., 2017, A review of the impacts of fisheries on open-ocean ecosystemsICES Journal of Marine Science, fsx084, doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsx084, link

Merrie A., Dunn D.C., Metian M., Boustany A.M., Takei Y., Elferink A.O., Ota Y., Christensen V., Halpin P.N., Österblom H., 2014, An ocean of surprises – Trends in human use, unexpected dynamics and governance challenges in areas beyond national jurisdiction., Governance, Transboundary Resources, Global Environmental Change, 27, 19-31, DOI 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.04.012, link

Ban N.C., S.M., Maxwell D.C., Dunn N.J., Bax K.M., Gjerde R., Devillers P.K., Dunstan A.J., Hobday D., Kaplan R.L., Pressey J.A., Ardron E.T., Game P.N., Halpin, 2014, Better integration of sectoral planning and management approaches for the interlinked ecology of the open oceans, Governance, Transboundary Resources, Marine Policy, 49, 127-136

Hobday, A. J., Maxwell, S. M., Forgie, J., McDonald, J., Darby, M., Seto, K., Bailey, H., Bograd, S. J., Briscoe, D. K., Costa, D. P., Crowder, L. B., Dunn, D. C., Fossette, S., Halpin, P. N., Hartog, J. R., Hazen, E. L., Lascelles, B. G., Lewison, R. L., Poulous, G., Powers, A., 2014, Dynamic Ocean Management: Integrating Scientific and Technological Capacity with Law, Policy and Management, Fisheries Management, Marine Management, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, 33(2), 125-165, link

Dunn D., Maxwell S., Boustany A., Halpin P., 2016, Dynamic ocean management increases the efficiency and efficacy of fisheries management, Fisheries Management, Marine Management, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Volume 113, Page 668-673, link

Maxwell S. M., Hazen E. L., Lewison R. L., Dunn D. C., Bailey H., Bograd S. J., Briscoe D. K., Fossette S., Hobday A. J., Bennett M., Benson S., Caldwell M. R., Costa D. P., Dewar H., Eguchi T., Hazen L., Kohin S., Sippel T., Crowder L. B., 2015, Dynamic ocean management: Defining and conceptualizing real-time management of the ocean, Fisheries Management, Marine Management, Marine Policy, Volume 58, 42–50, link

Lewison R., Hobday A. J., Maxwell S., Hazen E., Hartog J. R., Dunn D. C., Briscoe D., Fossette S., O’Keefe C. E., Barnes M., Abecassis M., Bograd S., Bethoney N. D., Bailey H., Wiley D., Andrews S., Hazen L., Crowder L. B., 2015, Dynamic ocean management: Identifying the critical ingredients of dynamic approaches to ocean resource management, Fisheries Management, Marine Management, BioScience, 65 (5), 486-498, link

Dunn D.C., Boustany A.M., Roberts J.J., Brazer E., Sanderson M., Gardner B., Halpin P.N., 2014, Empirical move-on rules to inform fishing strategies: a New England case study, Fisheries Management, Fish and Fisheries, 15, 359-375, DOI 10.1111/faf.12019, link

Beaulieu C., Henson S.A., Sarmiento J.L., Dunne J.P., Doney S.C., Rykaczewski R.R., Bopp L., 2013, Factors challenging our ability to detect long-term trends in ocean chlorophyll., Oceanography, Biogeosciences, 10, 2711-2724, DOI 10.5194/bg-10-2711-2013, link

Wedding, L. M., Maxwell, S. M., Hyrenbach, D., Dunn, D. C., Roberts, J. J., Briscoe, D., Hines, E., Halpin, P. N., 2016, Geospatial approaches to support pelagic conservation planning and adaptive management, Transboundary Resources, Marine Management, Endangered Species Research, 30, 1-9, link

Lewison, R. L., Crowder, L. B., Wallace, B. P., Moore, J. E., Cox, T., Zydelis, R., McDonald, S., DiMatteo, A., Dunn, D. C., Kot, C. Y., Bjorkland, R., Kelez, S., Soykan, C., Stewart, K. R., Sims, M., Boustany, A., Read, A. J., Halpin, P., Nichols, W. J., Safina, C., 2014, Global patterns of marine mammal, seabird, and sea turtle bycatch reveal taxa-specific and cumulative megafauna hotspots, Fisheries, Bycatch, PNAS, 111(14), 5271-5276, link

Blanchard, J., Watson, R. A., Fulton, E. A., Cottrell, R. S., Nash, K. L., Bryndum-Buchholz, A., Büchner, M., Carozza, D. A., Cheung, W. W. L., Elliott, J., Davidson, L. N. K., Dulvy, N. K., Dunne, J. P., Eddy, T. D., Galbraith, E., Lotze, H. K., Maury, O., Müller, C., Tittensor, D. P., Jennings, S., 2017, Linked sustainability challenges and trade-offs among fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture, Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1, 1240-1249, link

Dunn D.C., 2014, On the dynamic management of marine resources, Fisheries Management, PhD Thesis, Duke University

Cocco V., Joos D., Steinacher M., Frölicher T.L., Bopp L., Dunne J., Gehlen M., Heinze C., Orr J., Oschlies A., Schneider B., Segschneider J., Tjiputra J., 2013, Oxygen and indicators of stress for marine life in multi-model global warming projections., Marine Ecosystem, Oceanography, Climate Change, Biogeosciences, 10, 1849-1868, DOI 10.5194/bg-10-1849-2013, link

Hazen E.L., Jorgensen E., Rykaczewski R.R., Bograd S.J., Foley D.G., Jonsen I.D., Shaffer S.A., Dunne J.P., Costa D.P., Crowder L.B., Block B.A., 2013, Predicted habitat shifts of Pacific top predators in a changing climate., Marine Ecosystem, Oceanography, Climate Change, Nature Climate Change, 3, 234-238, DOI 10.1038/nclimate1686, link

Stock, C. A., John, J. G., Rykaczewski, R. R., Asch, R. G., Cheung, W. W. L., Dunne, J. P., Friedland, K. D., Lam, V. W. Y., Sarmiento, J. L., Watson, R. A. , 2017, Reconciling fisheries catch and ocean productivity, Fisheries Management, Biodiversity, Policy, PNAS, doi:10.1073, link

Bax., N. J., Cleary, J., Donnelly, B., Dunn, D. C., Dunstan, P. K., Fuller, M., Halpin, P. N., 2016, Results of efforts by the Convention on Biological Diversity to describe ecologically or biologically significant marine areasConservation Biology, 30, 571-581, link

Cheung W.W.L., Sarmiento J.L., Dunne J., Frölicher T.L., Lam V., Palomares D.M.L., Watson R., Pauly D., 2013, Shrinking of fishes exacerbates impacts of global ocean changes on marine ecosystems., Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries, Climate Change, Nature Climate Change, 3, 254-258, DOI 10.1038/nclimate1691, link

Bjorkland R., Dunn D. C., McClure M. M., Jannot J. J., Bellman M. A., Gleason M., Schiffers K., 2015, Spatiotemporal patterns of rockfish bycatch in US west coast groundfish fisheries: Opportunities for reducing incidental catch of depleted species, Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries Management, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Just-IN, link

Ban N.C., Bax N.J., Gjerde K.M., Devillers R., Dunn D.C., Dunstan P.K., Hobday A.J., Maxwell S.M., Kaplan D.M., Pressey R.L., Ardron J.A., Game E.T., Halpin P.N., 2013, Systematic conservation planning: a better recipe for managing the high seas for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use., Fisheries Management, Biodiversity, Transboundary Resources, Conservation Letters, 7, 31-54, DOI 10.1111/conl.12010, link

Dunn D., Moxley J., Halpin P., 2016, Temperature-based targeting in a multispecies fishery under climate change, Fisheries Management, Climate Change, Fisheries Oceanography, Volume 25, Issue 2, Pages 105–118, link

Dunn D.C., J., Ardron N., Bax P., Bernal J., Cleary I., Cresswell B., Donnelly P., Dunstan K.M., Gjerde D., Johnson K., Kaschner B., Lascelles J., Rice H., von Nordheim L., Wood P.N., Halpin, 2014, The Convention on Biological Diversity’s Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas: origins, development, and current status, Fisheries Management, Biodiversity, Marine Policy, 49, 137-145

Carter B., Frölicher T.,Dunne J., Rodgers K., Slater R., Sarmiento J., 2016, When can ocean acidification impacts be detected from decadal alkalinity measurements?, Oceanography, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Volume 4, Pages 595-612, link

Crespo, G.O., Dunn, D.C., Reygondeau, G., Boerder, K., Worm, B., Cheung, W., Tittensor, D.P., and Halpin, P.N. (2018). The environmental niche of the global high seas pelagic longline fleet. Science Advances, 4(8), Eaat3681. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat3681 link

Wright, G., Cremers, K., Rochette, J., Clark, N., Dunn, D., Gjerde, K.M., Harden-Davies, H., Mohammed, E., Ortuño Crespo, G. (2019). High Hopes for the High Seas: beyond the package deal towards an ambitious treaty IDDRI, Issue Brief, N°01/19. link

Crespo, G.O., Dunn, D., Gianni, M., Gjerde, K., Wright, G. & Halpin, P.N. (2019). High-seas fish biodiversity is slipping through the governance net. Nat. Ecol. Evol. link

Tittensor, D. P., Beger, M., Boerder, K., Boyce, D. G., Cavanagh, R. D., Cosandey-Godin, A., Crespo, G.O, Dunn, D.C., Ghiffary, W., Grant, S.M., Hannah, L., Halpin, P.N., Harfoot, M, Heaslip, S.G., Jeffery, N.W., Kingston, N., Lotze, H.K., McGowan, J., McLeod, E., McOwen, C.J., O’Leary, B.C., Schiller, L., Stanley, R.R.E., Westhead, M., Wilson, K.L., & Worm, B. (2019). Integrating climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation in the global ocean. Science Advances, 5(11), eaay9969. link.

Vierros, M.K, Harrison, A.L., Sloat, M.R., Ortuño Crespo, G., Moore, J.W., Dunn, D.C., Ota, Y., Cisneros-Montemayor, A., Shillinger, G.L., Watson, T.K., & Govan, H. (2020). Considering Indigenous Peoples and local communities in governance of the global ocean commons. Marine Policy, 119: 104039. link.

Nereus Senior Research Fellow Daniel Dunn (Duke University) attended the workshop “A Conservation Agenda for Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction” hosted by the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance at the University of Cambridge from May 10 to 11.

May 19, 2016 | Biodiversity

Senior Nereus Fellow at Duke University, Daniel Dunn, acted as a panelist at a COMPASS Capitol Hill briefingon ocean change and implications for fisheries and fishing communities.

July 11, 2016 | Climate ChangeFisheries

Nereus Fellow Daniel Dunn (Duke) attended the Convention on Biological Diversity’s twentieth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice on April 30th in Montreal.

May 25, 2016 | Biodiversity

Senior Nereus Fellow at Duke University, Daniel Dunn, co-organized a workshop from July 12th to 15th on the development of a strategic environmental management plan for deep sea mining on the Mid-Range Atlantic Ridge. The workshop, held in Lisbon, Portugal, was carried under the International Seabed Authority.

July 16, 2016 | Law and Governance

Nereus Fellow at Duke University Daniel Dunn attended the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fisheries Bodies on Accelerating Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, which took place September 26-29th, 2016 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

September 30, 2016 | Biodiversity

The paper “Temperature-based targeting in a multispecies fishery under climate change” was recently published in Fisheries Oceanography by Nereus Program Fellow Daniel Dunn (Duke University) and Principal Investigator Patrick Halpin (Duke University). The study looked at whether the bottom temperature of the water, in spring and fall, affected the distribution of Atlantic cod in the USA Northeast compared to other species of fish.

April 7, 2016 | Climate ChangeFisheries

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4 May 2017 - 6 May 2017

From the 4th to 6th of May, 2017, Nereus Program fellow Daniel Dunn will be attending the CMS Science Council Workshop on Connectivity in Venice.
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23 October 2017 - 28 October 2017

From October 23 to 28, Nereus Program Principal Investigator Daniel Dunn (Duke University) will be attending the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) of Wild Animals in Manila.
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9 August 2017 - 11 August 2017

From August 9 to 11, 2017, Daniel Dunn will be attending the CSIRO Workshop on Biogeography. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) promotes the use of science to solve global issues via research, in hopes of making a difference to people, industry, and the planet.
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10 July 2017 - 21 July 2017

Nereus Fellow Daniel Dunn will be attending the Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee on marine biological diversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) July 10-21 in New York.
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15 February 2017 - 17 February 2017

Nereus Senior Research Fellow Daniel Dunn (Duke) will be running a Marine Migratory Connectivity workshop with the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI) and the International Climate Initiative (IKI) February 15-17 at Duke University, North Carolina.
Past Event

4 September 2018 - 4 September 2018

Daniel Dunn and Robert Blasiak will be participating in an exciting Facebook Live event by Science Advances to coincide with the start of the BBNJ Treaty negotiations and the publication of the corresponding special issue.
Past Event

4 September 2017 - 8 September 2017

Nereus Senior Research Fellow Daniel Dunn (Duke) will be attending the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) on September 4-8, 2017, in La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile.
Past Event

3 April 2017 - 7 April 2017

Nereus Senior Research Fellow Daniel Dunn (Duke) will be attending the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop April 3-7 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The aim of the workshop is to identify Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas (EBSA) in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea.
Past Event

7 February 2017 - 8 February 2017

Nereus Senior Research Fellow Daniel Dunn (Duke) will be attending a Small Scale Fisheries workshop February 7-8, 2017, at Duke University, North Carolina.
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7 May 2017 - 8 May 2017

Nereus Senior Research Fellow Daniel Dunn (Duke) will be presenting the "Strengthening International Fisheries Law in an Era of Changing Oceans" Symposium May 7-8 in Utrecht, Netherlands. Daniel will be presenting on area-based management in fisheries beyond national jurisdictions.

Research fellows Harriet Harden-Davies (University of Wollongong/ANCORS) and Guillermo Ortuño Crespo (Duke University) with Daniel Dunn (Duke University) are co-authors on a policy brief published by IDDRI that aims to strengthen the current high seas management and governance framework to improve marine conservation and sustainability.

Nereus members Guillermo Ortuño Crespo, Daniel Dunn, and Patrick Halpin are co-authors on a new paper published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, ‘High-seas fish biodiversity is slipping through the governance net’. They stress the need to include fish biodiversity in negotiations for the new BBNJ treaty at the United Nations General Assembly and close current legal gaps in existing ocean governance frameworks.

A recent study performed by Nereus researchers showing governance gaps concerning marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) is featured in Science Daily.

Congratulations to Daniel Dunn and The Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean System (MiCO) for recently winning the Ocean Awards 2020 Innovation Award from Blue Marine Foundation for their work on migratory marine species, making it easier to work with data.

May 7, 2017 | FisheriesEcology

Research Associate Marjo Vierros is lead author with a research team that includes Guillermo Ortuño Crespo, Daniel Dunn, Director Yoshi Ota, and Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor on a new study published in Marine Policy, “Considering Indigenous Peoples and local communities in governance of the global ocean commons.”