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Tuesday 12 November 2019 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Despite near extinction from commercial whaling, humpback whales are slowly recovering after 50 years of protection. They undertake one of the longest known migrations from tropical winter breeding grounds to Antarctic summer feeding grounds. We recently revealed the complex migration paths of these whales; showing different northern and southern pathways past NZ. Our multi-disciplinary approach using non-lethal research tools e.g., satellite telemetry, genetics, aging and hormone analysis, gives us the best understanding of the humpback whales spanning ~3,600km of Oceania and ~4,500km of Antarctic waters. With the focus now on the whales’ role as ecosystem engineers and how climate change affects population recovery, there are interesting questions needing answers.
Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine is a conservation biologist and behavioural ecologist who uses multi-disciplinary research to answer challenging questions about marine megafauna. She chairs an international project on humpback whale connectivity and runs projects on whales, dolphins, sharks and seabirds to understand their abundance, distribution, movement patterns and the environmental drivers behind their habitat use in our changing oceans.
Please register for this talk so we can plan seating for the expected numbers. A $5 donation on arrival at the door is appreciated but not compulsory.