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Solving whale mysteries using tags and drones. A public lecture from the U...
Mon. 27 March 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm AWST
The 007 of the Marine field, Professor Lars Bejder explains how he and his colleagues use gadgets to spy on whale populations to monitor their migration and health. Showing beautiful footage captured by drones of whales of the West Coast of Australia, Professor Bejder explains how the researchers can study weight loss throughout the season, and explains what that means for whale populations. He will demonstrate the difficulties of tagging and unveil new discoveries of whales diving into the deep.
To wet your appetite and for a taster of what to expect here are some links to footage from the drones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmn8lONwTr8
Cetacean Research Unit: www.mucru.org
About the presenter:
Professor Bejder’s main research interests fall into three categories: analysing and developing quantitative methods to evaluate complex animal social structures; evaluating impacts of human activity (coastal development, tourism, habitat degradation) on cetaceans; and fundamental biology and ecology, including assessing abundance and habitat use of marine wildlife. He works closely with wildlife management agencies to optimise the conservation- and management outcomes of my research.
This is a FREE lecture, but please reserve a ticket to ensure a space