October 11, 2019
The Center for Coastal Studies is pleased to announce that renowned marine ecologist Leila Hatch, PhD, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Center’s Celebration of Women in Science & Chase-Miller Policy Forum Lecture on Friday, October 25 from 4 – 6 pm at the Hiebert Marine Lab, 5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown. This event is free (donations encouraged) and open to all.
Dr. Hatch will present “Can you hear me here? Understanding and protecting underwater soundscapes in US National Marine Sanctuaries.”
Leila Hatch works for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is based at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a marine protected area managed by NOAA off the coast of Massachusetts. Dr. Hatch studies the ways that animals use sound underwater, and the impacts of noise produced by human activities on marine environments. Her groundbreaking work was featured in the award-winning documentary “Sonic Sea”.
Dr. Hatch began working for NOAA in 2006 after serving as a fellow with the US House of Representatives’ Resources Committee. She received a BS from Yale College and a PhD from Cornell University, both in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her doctoral work used molecular genetic and acoustic tools to identify population boundaries among northern hemisphere fin whales. Along the way she participated in research programs off the coasts of Australia, Madagascar, Hawaii, California, and Massachusetts studying potential impacts from a variety of human activities (e.g. whale-watching, vessel traffic, military sonars, active acoustic research sources) on whale and dolphin populations.
The Chase-Miller Policy Forum is a series of free lectures and discussions designed to educate the public on the role of science in public policy as it relates to the marine environment. This forum was made possible by the generous support of Linda B. Miller, PhD, a long-time patron and member of the CCS Board of Directors.
The Lecture will be followed by the announcement of the winner of the 2019 Ruth Hiebert Memorial Fellowship, awarded annually to women who are pursuing degrees and careers in marine science. Ruth Hiebert was a long-time supporter of the Center whose passion for science, the natural world, education and her community were well known on the Cape and beyond.
Beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. For more information call 508-487-3622 x 103 or email [email protected].