SMM Seminar Editors’ Select Series: Response of humpback whales to biopsy sampling

This series highlights the latest and most exciting marine mammal science published in the Marine Mammal Science Journal. The SMM created this series to give scientists and citizens around the world a chance to engage with marine mammal scientists, learn and ask questions. All are welcome!

Thursday, July 21st (4 pm PDT / 7 pm EDT / 11 pm GMT)
SMM Seminar Editors’ Select Series: Response of humpback whales to biopsy sampling
with Dr. Solène Derville

This event is free to attend and presented online via Zoom, but registration is required.
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Space on Zoom is limited to the first 500 attendees. The talk will also be streamed live on the SMM Facebook page.

About this talk:
Tissue biopsy sampling from cetaceans is essential to address many biological, ecological, and behavioral questions that can ultimately inform conservation. However, these research activities are invasive and their effect deserves to be investigated, particularly when performed on young individuals (calves and juveniles). We assessed the short-term response of humpback whales to boat approach and remote biopsy sampling in a breeding ground according to age-class, sex, female reproductive status, social context, sampling system, habitat, and repeated sampling with more than 20 years of data collected in New Caledonia, South Pacific.

About the presenter:
Dr. Solène Derville conducts research in animal behavior and spatial ecology, including the way animals interact with their environment, move, and are distributed in geographical space. In general, Dr. Derville seeks to develop innovative and multidisciplinary methods to study the multi-scale space use patterns of marine megafauna species. She obtained her Master’s degree in biology from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France, and her PhD from Sorbonne Université studying humpback whales in the South Pacific. Dr. Derville is currently a postdoc at the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna lab, in the Marine Mammal Institute (Oregon State University), although she is still based in New Caledonia where she has lived and conducted research for seven years.

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