Sunday, March 17, 1 PM
Marine Mammal CSI: What marine mammal strandings teach us about ocean and human health
Robin Dunkin, Ph.D.
Field Operations Manager, Long Marine Lab Marine Strandings Network; Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Cruz
Why might bottlenose dolphins need a lawyer? What is it like to put your whole arm through the aorta of a large whale? What can we learn about marine mammal populations, the ocean, and human health by responding to stranded or dead marine mammals along our shores?
Join Robin Dunkin and explore what happens to a marine mammal carcass after it is taken off the beach, including a virtual tour of a marine mammal necropsy (animal autopsy). Through necropsies we discover clues about the cause of death and the unique physiology that allows these mammals to live in the ocean.
Learn how marine mammal strandings are helping scientists to better understand the complex interactions between the health of our oceans, and ourselves, in this fun and interactive talk.
Robin Dunkin is part of the National Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a consortium of scientists, veterinarians, pathologists, and volunteers who respond daily across the country to marine mammal strandings.
Science Sunday is free with admission or membership. UCSC undergraduates free with valid student ID.