Friday, November 2nd at the NELHA Gateway-6:30-8 pm

The Marine Mammal Center, Status and Trends of Hawaiian Monk Seal Population, and an Overview of Conservation Efforts

Presented by:  Frances M. D. Gulland, Vet MB, PhD, MRCVS

Frances Gulland is a veterinarian and the Senior Scientist at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. She has been actively involved in the veterinary care and rehabilitation of stranded marine mammals and research into marine mammal diseases there since 1994. Her interests include determining the impacts of human activities on marine mammal health, and how marine mammals can in turn serve as indicators of ocean health. She received a veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1984, and a PhD in Zoology there in 1991. Before moving to California in 1994, she worked as a veterinarian at the London Zoo in Regents Park, London, the as a researcher in the Serengeti. She also serves as Commissioner on the U. S. Marine Mammal Commission.

Tuesday, November 13th at the NELHA Gateway-6:30-8 pm

Monk Seals in the Main Hawaiian Islands:  Myths, Misunderstanding, and the Search for Answers

Presented by:  Charles Littnan, PhD.-Lead Scientist, Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program NOAA Fisheries Service

Hawaiian monk seal abundance has declined 60% in the last 40 years. In the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI), abundance has been increasing 6% annually over the last decade. This trend in the MHI is a positive development for the recovery of the species, but with the return of the seal has come some conflict with humans.  Much of the conflict is caused by a lack of good information making it to local communities and the perpetuation of misinformation in some circles.  Join the lead scientist of NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program while he sheds light on some of the common misconceptions regarding monk seals and discusses the ongoing research being conducted in the MHI to find solutions for a number of issues.  The presentation will cover a variety of monk seal topics and feature cutting edge science like recently collected footage from seal mounted Crittercams.

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