Science Café - Return of the Giants to the Salish Sea

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Return of the Giants to the Salish Sea:
New findings and research on humpback and gray whales
including their increased occurrence in our waters

John Calambokidis
7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Room 110, Harned Hall, Saint Martin’s University

The talk will focus on some of the new research findings on some of the large whale species especially humpback and gray whales that have become increasingly common in our waters. The talk will include original research including findings from new tags attached to whales that have revealed their underwater behavior, feeding, and response to Navy sonar and ships. These include new video tags that show their behavior from the whale’s perspective. 

John Calambokidis is a founder and senior Research Biologist at Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington. A graduate of Evergreen State College, he has been studying marine mammals and especially blue, humpback, and gray whales for more than 30 years. He has authored two books on marine mammals ( the award-winning Guide to Marine Mammals of Greater Puget Sound from Island Publishers, with R. Osborne and E.M. Dorsey  and Blue Whales from Voyageur Press, with G.H. Steiger) as well as more than 200 publications in scientific journals and technical reports. His work has been covered on shows by Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC, and others. 

Science Cafe of Olympia meets each month on the second Tuesday.  It provides an informal atmosphere where people with and without scientific background can meet to deepen their understanding on interesting topics in science and technology.  After a presentation by an expert in the field, the meetings are opened for discussion.  Science Cafes are found nationwide and are loosely affiliated with the U.K.- based Cafe Scientifique, an international organization promoting public engagement with science.

Driving directions to Saint Martin’s: Coming from the north: From Interstate 5 southbound, take exit 109 Martin Way. Turn right off the exit onto Martin Way. At the first traffic light, turn left onto College Street*. Turn left onto Abbey Way/6th Avenue SE, and then then turn right on Baran Drive. Drive through the woods, past the dorms and Recreation Center, then turn left into lot “M”.

Coming from the south: From Interstate 5 northbound, take exit 108 Sleater Kinney Road/College Street. After exiting, stay to the left toward College Street. Continue on 3rd Avenue SE. Turn right onto College Street*. Turn left at the next traffic light onto Abbey Way/6th Avenue SE,, then turn right on Baran Drive. Drive through the woods, past the dorms and Recreation Center, then turn left into lot “M”.