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Dr. Deborah Giles PhD.

Southern Resident Killer Whales: Past, Present and Future Conservation and Recovery.

February 03

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Dr. Deborah Giles received her PhD from the University of California Davis in 2014  where she is a Lecturer and Research Associate in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology.  Her dissertation focused on the federally listed southern resident killer whales. Beginning in 2009 Giles has been working with Dr. Samuel Wasser and dog handler Elizabeth Seely from the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology utilizing a scat detection dog to locate floating killer whale scat to monitor the physiological health of southern resident killer whales. Starting in 2010, Giles also began work with an ongoing collaborative project with Cascadia Research Collective and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service deploying acoustic suction-cup recording tags on killer whales to measure received noise levels by whales. Giles is a Scientific Adviser and Coordinator for the Orca Salmon Alliance, a program Advisor for Killer Whale Tales, and is on the Board of Directors for the Salish Sea Association of Marine Naturalists (SSAMN).



Title:  Southern Resident Killer Whales: Past, Present and Future Conservation and Recovery.


In 1976 The Center for Whale Research’s Orca Survey, a photo-ID census was started by Ken Balcomb to determine the status of the newly defined population known as the Southern Resident killer whales. Through these early studies it was determined that whale populations were much smaller than previously thought—a stunning revelation that brought about the end of whale captures in the U.S. and Canada. Today, detailed information on population status and trends collected by the Center for Whale Research continues to be crucial to Southern Resident killer whale recovery and conservation.

Giles will discuss the current status of the whale population and provide some information on what individuals can do to help protect and recover these much loved whales.

Date: 2/3/17    Time: 8-9 am CST

Link to last year’s presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsvrnwiPV6w