Research Interests:My 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. I currently work 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. I combine field-based data collection with the development of custom statistical analysis tools to inform current management and conservations issues.
- B.Sc. in Animal Ecology from the University of Aberdeen (U.K.)
- Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen (U.K)
- Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Biostatistics, National Research Council (U.S.)
- Fearnbach, H., Durban, J. W., Parsons, K. M., Claridge, D. 2012 Photographic mark-recapture analysis of local dynamics within an open population of dolphins. Ecological Applications, 22(5): 1689–1700.
- Ford, J., Durban, J. Ellis, G. Towers, J. Pilkington, J., Barrett-Lennard, L., Andrews, R. 2012. New insights into the northward migration route of gray whales between Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and southeastern Alaska. Marine Mammal Science . DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2012.00572.
- Durban, J.W., Pitman, R.L. 2011. Antarctic killer whales make rapid, round-trip movements to subtropical waters: evidence for physiological maintenance migrations? Biology Letters. doi:10.1098 / rsbl.2011.0875.
- Matkin C. et al. in press. Contrasting abundance and residency patterns of two sympatric populations of transient killer whales in the northern Gulf of Alaska. Fisheries Bulletin.
- Foote, A. D. et al. 2011 Out of the Pacific and Back Again: Insights into the Matrilineal History of Pacific Killer Whale Ecotypes. PLoS ONE. 6, e24980.
- Durban, J., Deecke, V. 2011. How do we study killer whales? Journal of the American Cetacean Society, 40: 6-14.
- Tyack, P. L, et al. 2011 Beaked Whales Respond to Simulated and Actual Navy Sonar. PLoS ONE. 6, e17009.
- Durban, J. et al. 2011. Abundance indices of eastern North Pacific gray whales from southbound migration counts, 2007-2011 Report to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission SC/63/BRG7.
- Pitman, R. L., Durban, J. W. 2011 Cooperative hunting behavior, prey selectivity and prey handling by pack ice killer whales (Orcinus orca), type B, in Antarctic Peninsula waters. Marine Mammal Science. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2010.00453.x)
- Fearnbach, H., et al. 2011 Size and long-term growth trends of Endangered fish-eating killer whales. Endangered Species Research. 13, 173-180.
- Barrett-Lennard, et al. 2011 Predation on gray whales and prolonged feeding on submerged carcasses by transient killer whales at Unimak Island, Alaska. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. 421, 229-241.
- Foote, A. D., et al. 2011 Positive selection on the killer whale mitogenome. Biology Letters. 7, 116.
- Pitman, R. L. et al. 2010. Observations of a distinctive morphotype of killer whale (Orcinus orca), type D, from subantarctic waters. Polar Biology 34: 303-306. (DOI 10.1007/s00300-010-0871-3.
- Pitman, R. L., Durban, J. W. 2010 Killer whale predation on penguins in Antarctica. Polar Biology. 33, 1589-1594. (10.1007/s00300-010-0853-5)
- Durban, J. et al. 2010. Comparing two methods of shore-based counts of eastern North Pacific gray whales. Report to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission SC/62/BRG8.
- Durban, J. et al. 2010. Clustered mark-recapture analysis of mammal-eating killer whales around the Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska. Marine Biology 157(7): 1591-1604.
- Morin, P. A., et al. 2010. Complete mitochondrial genome analysis of killer whales (Orcinus orca) indicates multiple species. Genome Research 20:908–916.
- Parsons, K. et al. 2009. The social dynamics of southern resident killer whales and conservation implications for this endangered population. Animal Behaviour 77(4): 963-971.
- Johnson, D.S. et al. 2008. Continuous-time correlated random walk models for animal movement data. Ecology 89(5): 1208-1215.
- Ford, J.K.B. et al. 2007. An Assessment of the Potential for Recovery of West Coast Transient Killer whales Using Coastal Waters of British Columbia. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2007/088. http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/csas/Csas/ Publications/ResDocs-DocRech/2007/2007_088_e.htm.
- Durban, J.W. and Parsons, K.M. 2006. Laser-metrics of free-ranging killer whales. Marine Mammal Science 22, 735-743.
- Durban, J.W. and Elston, D.A. 2005. Mark-recapture with occasion and individual effects: abundance estimation through Bayesian model selection in a fixed dimensional space. Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics 10(3): 291-305.
- Durban, J.W. et al. 2005. Multi-site mark-recapture for cetaceans: population estimates with Bayesian model averaging. Marine Mammal Science 21(1): 80-92.
Full list of publications
Evaluating Killer Whale predation on Eastern North Pacific Gray Whales
Antarctic Killer Whales