Whales and Citizen Science
The Sharing the Coast Conference kicks off with an evening talk by Leigh Torres, an Assistant Professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, based at the Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory in Newport. Dr. Torres speaks at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6) on Friday evening, March 3, at the Waldport Community Center (265 Hemlock St.).
This presentation is free and open to the public; attendees are asked to consider making a donation.
Torres will discuss results of the most recent research into the gray whales that frequent our shores, utilizing the latest research techniques. Her research focuses on the habitat use, distribution and behavioral patterns of “marine megafauna “ species (marine mammals, seabirds, and sharks) in relation to environmental variability, prey availability and anthropogenic threats such as fisheries, vessel traffic, climate change, and habitat alterations. She will also discuss how non-scientists can help to contribute to our knowledge of marine mammals through citizen science.