Whale Conservation and the Future of the Oceans

Whale Conservation and the Future of the Oceans

Join UVM biologist Joe Roman for free lecture about whale conservation and marine ecology.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

Whales have long been valued as a source of oil and whalebone. Treated as a commodity throughout history, they are increasingly recognized for their complex forms of communication, even culture, and the ecological role they play in the ocean. Joe Roman, Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology, Harvard University; Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont, will discuss the history and future of whales in the world’s oceans, drawing from historical archives, DNA analyses, ecological studies of whale carcasses in the deep sea, and the effects of whale fecal plumes on ocean productivity. He will also explain why the conservation of great whales is essential to maintaining the future integrity and resilience of marine ecosystems.

Lecture and Book Signing. Free event parking at 52 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA.

Presented by Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Harvard Museum of Natural History

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