[MARMAM] SMM Editors' Select Series for April 21st: Tagging, Ranging Patterns, and Behavior of Franciscana Dolphins off Argentina and Brazil with Dr. Randall Wells

Student Members-at-Large Society for Marine Mammalogy smal at marinemammalscience.org
Fri Apr 8 15:39:11 PDT 2022

Greetings MARMAM!

Join us on *Thursday, 21 April 2022 at 3 PM EDT  (12 PM PDT / 7 PM GMT)* for
the next SMM Seminar Editors' Select Series: Tagging, Ranging Patterns, and
Behavior of Franciscana Dolphins off Argentina and Brazil with Dr. Randall
Wells of the Chicago Zoological Society's Sarasota Dolphin Research
Program. Dr. Wells will be joined by his co-authors, Prof. Marta Cremer,
Leonardo Berninsone and Dr. Krystan Wilkinson, for a Q&A session following
his presentation

Free to attend. Registration required.
Presented online on Zoom.
Register here:

Space on Zoom is limited to the first 500 attendees. The talk will also be
streamed live on the SMM Facebook page.

*The SMM Seminar Editors' Select Series highlights the latest and most
exciting marine mammal science published in the Marine Mammal Science
Journal. This is your chance to engage with marine mammal scientists, learn
and ask questions from anywhere in the world. All are welcome. *

*About this talk:*
Franciscanas are the most endangered cetaceans in the Southwestern
Atlantic, where they are exposed to human activities such as artisanal
gillnet fishing and coastal development.  A need for information on ranging
patterns and behavior led to efforts to attach satellite-linked tags to
franciscanas in three bays in Argentina and Brazil during 2005-2013.
Residency, with small home ranges, occurred at each site.  Movements were
influenced by tides.  The dolphins used the entire water column, exposing
them to gillnets regardless of net depth.  Definable ranges facilitate
relating specific geographically based threats to appropriate population
units, increasing the potential for effective conservation.

*About the presenter:*
Randall Wells is a co-founder and directs the Chicago Zoological Society’s
Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, which conducts the world’s
longest-running study of a wild dolphin population.  He began studying
bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay, Florida, as a high school volunteer at
Mote Marine Laboratory in 1970. Wells received his Bachelor’s degree in
Zoology from the University of South Florida in 1975, his Masters in
Zoology from the University of Florida in 1978, his PhD in Biology from the
University of California, Santa Cruz in 1986, and he was awarded a
post-doctoral fellowship with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in
1987.  Wells joined the Chicago Zoological Society staff in 1989.  Wells’
current research program uses a collaborative approach to examine the
behavior, social structure, life history, ecology, health, and population
biology of bottlenose dolphins along the central west coast of Florida,
with studies focusing on up to five concurrent generations of a locally
resident ~170-member dolphin community.  Recent research topics include the
effects of human activities on coastal dolphins, such as boat traffic,
fishing activities, human feeding of wild dolphins, and environmental
contaminants, and the impacts of other environmental disturbances such as
red tides.  He has conducted research on a variety of marine mammals
including Hawaiian spinner, Atlantic spotted, franciscana and other dolphin
species, vaquita porpoises, bowhead, humpback, blue, and gray whales, and
manatees. Wells has authored or co-authored 4 books and more than 285
peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.  He has been presenter or
co-author of more than 700 presentations at professional meetings or
invited public or university lectures.  Wells is past-President of the
international Society for Marine Mammalogy, and received the society’s
Kenneth S. Norris Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021.  Wells also serves on
the Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals for the U.S. Marine
Mammal Commission, on the NOAA/USFWS Atlantic Scientific Review Group, and
he is past-chair of the NOAA/USFWS Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual
Mortality Events.  Wells serves on IUCN’s Cetacean Specialist Group, and on
the Steering Group for the national Animal Telemetry Network.

Best regards,

*Ayça Eleman, Ph.D. Candidate*
*Theresa-Anne Tatom-Naecker, Ph.D. Student*
*Eric Angel Ramos, Ph.D.*
*Student Members-at-Large*
Society for Marine Mammalogy
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