Seal Studies: What Scientists Are Learning

THU, MAY 17, 2018 (1:11:29)

Pinnipeds are a diverse group of marine mammals that engender curiosity and fascination. The New England Aquarium has been working with, studying, and rescuing seals for years. This evening’s lecture gives you a closer look at the work being done to better understand the seals here at the Aquarium as well as their wild counterparts.Learn about seal disease, physiology, and population dynamics, and how knowledge of these topics helps the aquarium to protect seals.

+ BIO: Patty Schilling

Patty Schilling has been a marine mammal trainer at the NEAQ for 13 years. She provides care, training, and enrichment for the Aquarium’s collection of marine mammals, including the northern fur seals. As part of her job, she has also had the opportunity to participate in NOAA Fisheries’ biennial northern fur seal population counts in St. Paul Island, Alaska. Patty will share information about these experiences, including the current population status of the northern fur seal.

+ BIO: Katherine Graham

Katherine Graham is developing methods to study the complex reproductive physiology of northern fur seals using noninvasive fecal hormone analysis. This collaborative project aims to better understand reproductive patterns of seals in aquariums, including those at the New England Aquarium, with potential future application of these techniques to study wild populations of northern fur seals.

+ BIO: Katie Pugliares-Bonner

Katie Pugliares-Bonner speaks about her investigations into and the discovery of novel and emerging disease conditions found during necropsies (animal autopsies) of local stranded pinnipeds as well as the collective efforts of the rescue team. The Aquarium’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Department is responsible for responding to reports of live and dead marine mammals from Salem, MA, south through Plymouth, MA.

Partner
New England Aquarium
Series
Women in Science
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