"First" Tuesday: North Pacific Right Whales with Jessica Crance
Right On the Brink: The Plight of the North Pacific Right Whale
When: Tuesday, January 9 at 7pm
Where: Online via Zoom - Click here for free registration
Join us on the second Tuesday in January to learn about the elusive North Pacific right whale. Once numbering in the tens of thousands, the North Pacific right whale was driven to the brink of extinction; now fewer than 50 animals remain in the eastern population. So how do you study the proverbial needle in a very large haystack? Come learn about the North Pacific right whales in this talk from Jessica Crance about their dark history, the research being done to save them, and the struggles and rewards of studying the most critically endangered large whale population in the world.
Jessica is a research biologist at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center's Marine Mammal Laboratory. She joined the lab’s Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program in 2009 after completing her M.S. at the University of San Diego on killer whale vocal development. Her research focuses on marine mammal passive acoustics, with an emphasis on population monitoring, spatio-temporal distribution, vocal behavior, and call characteristics of Arctic and sub-Arctic marine mammals. She has studied marine mammals across the North Pacific and Alaskan Arctic using a variety of acoustic platforms, with a focus on finding and studying the critically endangered North Pacific right whale.
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