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Lecture: Getting to know animals as individuals, presented by Amy James
March 1, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Getting to know animals as individuals: Photo-identification as a tool in conservation biology
Presented by Amy James, CCS Right Whale Ecology Program
Part of Wellfleet Public Library’s Women in Science series.
What is photo-identification (photo-ID)?
Individuals within many different species have markings that can be used to tell them apart. When we take photographs of these animals the photos become data that can be used to address many different scientific and conservation questions including:
– How many animals are in the population
– What is important habitat for them
– How long do the animals live
– How do animals react to stressors in a dynamic environment
Amy will be talking about her experience using photo-ID to help study whales and sharks around the world.
Amy James is the Flight Coordinator and Aerial Observer for the CCS Right Whale Ecology program. Amy became fascinated by North Atlantic right whales while working off Jeffreys Ledge in 2008 with the Whale Center of New England. Shortly after, she moved to Australia where she spent seven years researching humpbacks and sea turtles. She returned to Massachusetts as a right whale intern at Center for Coastal Studies during the 2011 season, before heading back Down Under to complete her Master’s degree at the University of Queensland followed by work as an aerial observer and fieldwork coordinator. When she moved back to the US in 2016, she rejoined the CCS family to continue with the aerial survey team.
This event is free and open to all.