Patrick Halpin

Ph.D., Environmental Science

Professor, Duke University

Patrick Halpin is an Associate Professor of Marine Geospatial Ecology and Director of the Geospatial Analysis Program at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University Marine Lab. Halpin’s research focuses on marine geospatial analysis, ecological applications of geographic information systems and remote sensing; and marine conservation and ecosystem-based management. Prof. Halpin leads the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University and sits on a number of international scientific and conservation program steering committees.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Hsu A., Boustany A., Roberts J., Chang J., Halpin P., 2015, Tuna and swordfish catch in the U.S. northwest Atlantic longline fishery in relation to mesoscale eddies, Fisheries, Fisheries Management, Governance, Fisheries Oceanography, Volume 24, 508–520, 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

Roberts, S.M., Boustany, A.M., Halpin, P.N., Rykaczewski, R.R. (2019). Cyclical climate oscillation alters species statistical relationships with local habitat. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 614:159-171. 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.

Recently published in Fisheries Oceanography,by Nereus Alumnus Andre Boustany (Duke University) and Principal Investigator Patrick Halpin (Duke University), was the study “Tuna and swordfish catch in the U.S. northwest Atlantic longline fishery in relation to mesoscale eddies”.

February 17, 2016 | Fisheries

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

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.