North Atlantic Right Whales in Uncharted Waters

12th Annual Ransom A. Myers Lecture on Science and Society     

North Atlantic Right Whales in Uncharted Waters

Kimberley Davies, Biological Sciences, University of New Brunswick, Saint John NB

Co-hosted with the Dalhousie Biology Department

North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) are iconic Canadian animals that have become globally recognized as a poster child for the impacts of human activities on threatened species.  In this plenary I discuss biological adaptations right whales use to cope with a patchy and ephemeral zooplankton prey resource.  These adaptations make right whales unusually susceptible to harm from certain human activities such as fishing and shipping, apparently more so that other large whales.  I will explain how recent changes in the ocean environment  have put the future of these animals in peril through impacting both their population biology and risk from human activities.  Looking to the future, unprecedented collaborative efforts are underway that hope to improve the outlook for this species.  

Reception to follow, free admission


The annual Ransom A. Myers Lecture on Science and Society has been organized by his family, colleagues and former students since 2007 and is supported by the President’s Office at Dalhousie University. Ransom Myers was one of the foremost fisheries scientists in the world when he died in 2007 at the age of 54. He published close to 200 peer-reviewed papers, and his legacy of adherence to science-based approaches to environmental problems, particularly those focused on our oceans is carried on by his students and peers around the world.


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