Speaker: Trevor Branch, Associate Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington
Topic: The near eradication of blue whales, and their globally variable recovery
In less than a century, blue whale populations worldwide were devastated by modern whaling, none more so than those in the Antarctic. Now, nearly fifty years after the last heavy commercial hunting, some populations remain at precariously low levels, others have nearly recovered, and still other populations have uncertain or unknown status. Modern techniques like satellite marking, DNA analysis, and underwater hydrophones have revealed fascinating stories about where blue whales roam, and how to separate each grouping into populations and even subspecies. Meanwhile, old logbooks and whaling records still reveal a treasure trove of information about survival, distribution, and subspecies separation. In this talk I will take the audience on a global tour of blue whale populations, highlighting the most recent research on these enigmatic beasts.
Thursday, March 21 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Guin Library Seminar Room
2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365