Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

The North Atlantic Right Whale: a case study of one successful mother

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Barrick Auditorium (#2070), Mulroney Institute at StFX
Event Type: Presentation

The Aquatic Resources Program, along with the Departments of Biology and Anthropology, the Dean of Arts, and the Dean of Science, have invited biologist Amanda Babin, from the University of New Brunswick and the Canadian Rivers Institute, to discuss one of the most endangered animals in Canada - the North Atlantic Right Whale.  Shipping and fishing industries along with conservtion groups and the concerned public have worked together to understand the right whales' plight and what we can do to help the population recover.  Amanda will present historical and modern day threats the population has faced, what management changes are being undertaken today, and what steps you can take to help right whales and their habitat.

Amanda Babin grew up in Nova Scotia and considers the Bay of Fundy, between the two provinces, her home.  She has worked in both freshwater and marine ecosystems, conducting research ranging from Atlantic salmon and dams, how harbour porpoises respond to underwater noise levels, to nudibranch, and risk of right whale entanglement in fishing gear.  Amanda has also volunteered with organizations that include the Atlantic Salmon Association, the American Fisheries Society, and as a Stranding Assistant with the Marine Animal Response Society (MARS), to list but a few.  In conjunction with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), she has also participated in the necropsies of an ocean sunfish (Mola mola) and a north Atlantic right whale; as well as conducting many different types of analyses on a wide range of freshwater and marine species. During the summer of 2019, Amanda taught a university Biology course entitled "Biology of Marine Mammals" through the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, NB.

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

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