John Durban Publications

Please contact lead author for copies of following publications


Durban, J.W., Fearnbach,H., Barrett-Lennard, L.G. Perryman, W.L. and LeRoi, D.J. 2015. Photogrammetry of killer whales using a small hexacopter launched at sea. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, in press.

Durban, J.W., Weller, D.W., Lang, A.R. and Perryman, W.L. 2015. Estimating gray whale abundance from shore-based counts using a multilevel Bayesian model. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, in press.

Urian, K., A. Gorgone, A. Read, B. Balmer, R. S. Wells, P. Berggren, J. Durban, T. Eguchi, W. Rayment, and P. S. Hammond. 2015. Recommendations for photo-identification methods used in capture-recapture models with cetaceans. Marine Mammal Science 31:298-321.

Pitman, R. L., J. A. Totterdell, H. Fearnbach, L. T. Ballance, J. W. Durban, and H. Kemps. 2015. Whale killers: Prevalence and ecological implications of killer whale predation on humpback whale calves off Western Australia. Marine Mammal Science 31:629-657.


 Fearnbach, H., J. W. Durban, D. K. Ellifrit, J. M. Waite, C. O. Matkin, C. R. Lunsford, M. J. Peterson, J. Barlow, and P. R. Wade. 2014. Spatial and social connectivity of fish-eating "Resident" killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the northern North Pacific. Marine Biology 161:459-472.

Beck, S., A. D. Foote, S. Kotter, O. Harries, L. Mandleberg, P. T. Stevick, P. Whooley, and J. W. Durban. 2014. Using opportunistic photo-identifications to detect a population decline of killer whales (Orcinus orca) in British and Irish waters. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 94:1327-1333.

Cheney, B., Corkrey, R., Durban, J.W., Grellier, K., Hammond, P.S., Islas-Villanueva, V., Janik, V.M., Lusseau, S.M., Parsons, K.M., Quick, N.J., Wilson, B., and Thompson, P.M. . 2014. Long-term trends in the use of a protected area by small cetaceans in relation to changes in population status. Global Ecology and Conservation 2: 118-128.


Parsons, K. M., J. W. Durban, A. M. Burdin, V. N. Burkanov, R. L. Pitman, J. Barlow, L. G. Barrett-Lennard, R. G. LeDuc, K. M. Robertson, C. O. Matkin, and P. R. Wade. 2013. Geographic Patterns of Genetic Differentiation among Killer Whales in the Northern North Pacific. Journal of Heredity 104:737-+.

Ford, J. K. B., J. W. Durban, G. M. Ellis, J. R. Towers, J. F. Pilkington, L. G. Barrett-Lennard, and R. D. Andrews. 2013. New insights into the northward migration route of gray whales between Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and southeastern Alaska. Marine Mammal Science 29:325-337.

Foote, A. D., P. A. Morin, R. L. Pitman, M. C. Avila-Arcos, J. W. Durban, A. van Helden, M. H. S. Sinding, and M. T. P. Gilbert. 2013. Mitogenomic insights into a recently described and rarely observed killer whale morphotype. Polar Biology 36:1519-1523.

Cheney, B., P. M. Thompson, S. N. Ingram, P. S. Hammond, P. T. Stevick, J. W. Durban, R. M. Culloch, S. H. Elwen, L. Mandleberg, V. M. Janik, N. J. Quick, V. Islas-Villanueva, K. P. Robinson, M. Costa, S. M. Eisfeld, A. Walters, C. Phillips, C. R. Weir, P. G. H. Evans, P. Anderwald, R. J. Reid, J. B. Reid, and B. Wilson. 2013. Integrating multiple data sources to assess the distribution and abundance of bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus in Scottish waters. Mammal Review 43:71-88.


Pitman, R. L., and J. W. Durban. 2012. Cooperative hunting behavior, prey selectivity and prey handling by pack ice killer whales (Orcinus orca), type B, in Antarctic Peninsula waters. Marine Mammal Science 28:16-36.

Matkin, C. O., J. W. Durban, E. L. Saulitis, R. D. Andrews, J. M. Straley, D. R. Matkin, and G. M. Ellis. 2012. Contrasting abundance and residency patterns of two sympatric populations of transient killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the northern Gulf of Alaska. Fishery Bulletin 110:143-155.

Fearnbach, H., J. Durban, K. Parsons, and D. Claridge. 2012. Seasonality of calving and predation risk in bottlenose dolphins on Little Bahama Bank. Marine Mammal Science 28:402-411.

Fearnbach, H., J. Durban, K. Parsons, and D. Claridge. 2012. Photographic mark-recapture analysis of local dynamics within an open population of dolphins. Ecological Applications 22:1689-1700.

Durban, J. W., and R. L. Pitman. 2012. Antarctic killer whales make rapid, round-trip movements to subtropical waters: evidence for physiological maintenance migrations? Biology Letters 8:274-277.


Fearnbach, H., Durban, J.W. Ellifrit, D.K. and Balcomb, K.C. 2011. Size and long-term growth trends of Endangered fish-eating killer whales. Endangered Species Research 13(3):173-180. 

Tyack, P. L., W. M. X. Zimmer, D. Moretti, B. L. Southall, D. E. Claridge, J. W. Durban, C. W. Clark, A. D'Amico, N. DiMarzio, S. Jarvis, E. McCarthy, R. Morrissey, J. Ward, and I. L. Boyd. 2011. Beaked Whales Respond to Simulated and Actual Navy Sonar. Plos One 6.

Rehn, N., O. A. Filatova, J. W. Durban, and A. D. Foote. 2011. Cross-cultural and cross-ecotype production of a killer whale 'excitement' call suggests universality. Naturwissenschaften 98:1-6.

Pitman, R. L., J. W. Durban, M. Greenfelder, C. Guinet, M. Jorgensen, P. A. Olson, J. Plana, P. Tixier, and J. R. Towers. 2011. Observations of a distinctive morphotype of killer whale (Orcinus orca), type D, from subantarctic waters. Polar Biology 34:303-306.

Foote, A. D., P. A. Morin, J. W. Durban, E. Willerslev, L. Orlando, and M. T. P. Gilbert. 2011. Out of the Pacific and Back Again: Insights into the Matrilineal History of Pacific Killer Whale Ecotypes. Plos One 6.

Foote, A. D., P. A. Morin, J. W. Durban, R. L. Pitman, P. Wade, E. Willerslev, M. T. P. Gilbert, and R. R. da Fonseca. 2011. Positive selection on the killer whale mitogenome. Biology Letters 7:116-118.

Barrett-Lennard, L. G., C. O. Matkin, J. W. Durban, E. L. Saulitis, and D. Ellifrit. 2011. Predation on gray whales and prolonged feeding on submerged carcasses by transient killer whales at Unimak Island, Alaska. Marine Ecology Progress Series 421:229-241.


Pitman, R. L., and J. W. Durban. 2010. Killer whale predation on penguins in Antarctica. Polar Biology 33:1589-1594.

Morin, P. A., F. I. Archer, A. D. Foote, J. Vilstrup, E. E. Allen, P. Wade, J. Durban, K. Parsons, R. Pitman, L. Li, P. Bouffard, S. C. A. Nielsen, M. Rasmussen, E. Willerslev, M. T. P. Gilbert, and T. Harkins. 2010. Complete mitochondrial genome phylogeographic analysis of killer whales (Orcinus orca) indicates multiple species. Genome Research 20:908-916.

Durban, J., D. Ellifrit, M. Dahlheim, J. Waite, C. Matkin, L. Barrett-Lennard, G. Ellis, R. Pitman, R. LeDuc, and P. Wade. 2010. Photographic mark-recapture analysis of clustered mammal-eating killer whales around the Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska. Marine Biology 157:1591-1604.


Pitman, R. L., and J. W. Durban. 2009. Save the Seal! Natural History 118:48-48.

Parsons, K. M., K. C. Balcomb, J. K. B. Ford, and J. W. Durban. 2009. The social dynamics of southern resident killer whales and conservation implications for this endangered population. Animal Behaviour 77:963-971.


Mackey, B. L., J. W. Durban, S. J. Middlemas, and P. M. Thompson. 2008. A Bayesian estimate of harbour seal survival using sparse photo-identification data. Journal of Zoology 274:18-27.

Johnson, D. S., J. M. London, M. A. Lea, and J. W. Durban. 2008. Continuous-time correlated random walk model for animal telemetry data. Ecology 89:1208-1215.

Herman, D. P., C. O. Matkin, G. M. Ylitalo, J. W. Durban, M. B. Hanson, M. E. Dahlheim, J. M. Straley, P. R. Wade, K. L. Tilbury, R. H. Boyer, R. W. Pearce, and M. M. Krahn. 2008. Assessing age distributions of killer whale Orcinus orca populations from the composition of endogenous fatty acids in their outer blubber layers. Marine Ecology Progress Series 372:289-302.

Corkrey, R., S. Brooks, D. Lusseau, K. Parsons, J. W. Durban, P. S. Hammond, and P. M. Thompson. 2008. A Bayesian Capture-Recapture Population Model With Simultaneous Estimation of Heterogeneity. Journal of the American Statistical Association 103:948-960.


Zerbini, A. N., J. M. Waite, J. W. Durban, R. LeDuc, M. E. Dahlheim, and P. R. Wade. 2007. Estimating abundance of killer whales in the nearshore waters of the Gulf of Alaska and Aleutian Islands using line-transect sampling. Marine Biology 150:1033-1045.

Krahn, M. M., D. P. Herman, C. O. Matkin, J. W. Durban, L. Barrett-Lennard, D. G. Burrows, M. E. Dahlheim, N. Black, R. G. LeDuc, and P. R. Wade. 2007. Use of chemical tracers in assessing the diet and foraging regions of eastern North Pacific killer whales. Marine Environmental Research 63:91-114.


Wade, P., M. P. Heide-Jorgensen, K. Shelden, J. Barlow, J. Carretta, J. Durban, R. Leduc, L. Munger, S. Rankin, A. Sauter, and C. Stinchcomb. 2006. Acoustic detection and satellite-tracking leads to discovery of rare concentration of endangered North Pacific right whales. Biology Letters 2:417-419.

Parsons, K. M., J. W. Durban, D. E. Claridge, D. L. Herzing, K. C. Balcomb, and L. R. Noble. 2006. Population genetic structure of coastal bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Northern Bahamas. Marine Mammal Science 22:276-298.

Lusseau, D., B. Wilson, P. S. Hammond, K. Grellier, J. W. Durban, K. M. Parsons, T. R. Barton, and P. M. Thompson. 2006. Quantifying the influence of sociality on population structure in bottlenose dolphins. Journal of Animal Ecology 75:14-24.

Durban, J. W., and K. M. Parsons. 2006. Laser-metrics of free-ranging killer whales. Marine Mammal Science 22:735-743.


Herman, D. P., D. G. Burrows, P. R. Wade, J. W. Durban, C. O. Matkin, R. G. LeDuc, L. G. Barrett-Lennard, and M. M. Krahn. 2005. Feeding ecology of eastern North Pacific killer whales Orcinus orca from fatty acid, stable isotope, and organochlorine analyses of blubber biopsies. Marine Ecology Progress Series 302:275-291.

Durban, J. W., D. A. Elston, D. K. Ellifrit, E. Dickson, P. S. Hammond, and P. M. Thompson. 2005. Multisite mark-recapture for cetaceans: Population estimates with Bayesian model averaging. Marine Mammal Science 21:80-92.

Durban, J. W., and D. A. Elston. 2005. Mark-recapture with occasion and individual effects: Abundance estimation through Bayesian model selection in a fixed dimensional parameter space. Journal of Agricultural Biological and Environmental Statistics 10:291-305.


Parsons, K. M., J. W. Durban, D. E. Claridge, K. C. Balcomb, L. R. Noble, and P. M. Thompson. 2003. Kinship as a basis for alliance formation between male bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in the Bahamas. Animal Behaviour 66:185-194.

Parsons, K. M., J. W. Durban, and D. E. Claridge. 2003. Comparing two alternative methods for sampling small cetaceans for molecular analysis. Marine Mammal Science 19:224-231.


Durban, J. W., K. M. Parsons, D. E. Claridge, and K. C. Balcomb. 2000. Quantifying dolphin occupancy patterns. Marine Mammal Science 16:825-828.


Parsons, K. M., J. F. Dallas, D. E. Claridge, J. W. Durban, K. C. Balcomb, P. M. Thompson, and L. R. Noble. 1999. Amplifying dolphin mitochondrial DNA from faecal plumes. Molecular Ecology 8:1766-1768.


Last modified: 7/11/2015