August 2018 Conservation Icons: Dr. Ari Friedlaender, UC Santa Cruz, Orca and Humpback Whales
Come on a journey into the deep blue with Lindsay Wildlife and Dr. Ari Friedlaender as we explore marine mammals. A National Geographic Explorer, Friedlaender is a marine biologist who spends his time hanging off the side of a boat trying to tag whales over Antarctic waters! Dr. Friedlaender has ongoing, long-term ecological research projects in Alaska, California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Antarctica.
Dr. Friedlaender will discuss the predator-prey dynamics in orcas, humpbacks, whales, and other marine mammals, and delve into what threats these amazing giants are facing.
Dr. Friedlaender is an associate researcher at UC Santa Cruz Institute of Marine Sciences, as well as an associate professor at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. In Antarctica, he is part of the Long-Term Ecological Research program at Palmer Station and in Alaska and Massachusetts, his research focuses on variability in the foraging strategies of humpback whales in relation to changes in their prey. In California, he is part of the SoCal Behavioral Response Study to understand the impacts of anthropogenic sound on a variety of cetacean species. An active member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and associate editor for Marine Mammal Science, he is also a principal investigator in the Southern Ocean Research Partnership.
Dr. Friedlaender is just one of six awe-inspiring speakers that are part of the 2018-19 Conservation Icons series that aims to educate, entertain and inspire change!