[MARMAM] SMM 2017 WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT: Identifying research challenges and solutions for the lesser known blackfish

Elizabeth Zwamborn elizabeth.zwamborn at gmail.com
Tue Jul 11 17:36:46 PDT 2017

Dear All,

We are pleased to announce the following workshop to be held on Saturday
October 28th, 2017 at the upcoming SMM conference in Halifax.

Title: Not all is black and white: Identifying research challenges and
solutions for the lesser known blackfish

Summary: This workshop will facilitate a gathering of scientists who study
blackfish species (pilot whales, false killer whales, pygmy killer whales,
melon-headed whales, and lesser known killer whale populations). Innovative
technology and study methods are leading to exciting new research
possibilities within this group of cetaceans. However, given their
generally pelagic or rural distribution, many populations of blackfish
species are poorly understood.The goal of this workshop is threefold: to
identify common challenges that arise while researching these species, to
present new and exciting observations, and to encourage collaboration
amongst the scientists who study them. This day will consist of series of
presentations (morning – 20 minutes in length by invited speakers and 5
minutes by additional workshop participants) and a group discussion
identifying common research challenges and possible solutions (afternoon),
with time allotted for networking (late afternoon). The outcome of this
workshop will be a document outlining the research challenges discussed -
with the goal of publication - as well as working collaborations amongst
those who study these species worldwide.

We invite researchers involved in work with blackfish species around the
world to come and join in this discussion of the challenges we face when
studying these species. In addition to the invited speakers, we will have a
few 5 minute presentation slots open for other workshop participants to
share their current research. Please email elizabeth.zwamborn(at)dal.ca if
you would be interested in one of these.

Please remember that the early registration deadline is quickly approaching
and workshop costs will increase slightly after that.

All the best,

Elizabeth Zwamborn MSc
PhD Student
Whitehead Lab
Dalhousie University
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