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Short Course: An Introduction to Whale And Dolphin Biology And Conservation

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Let’s face it, whales and dolphins are some of the coolest and most interesting of marine species. They have an astonishing variety of behaviors and adaptations to survive and thrive in the marine environment. However, whales were driven to the brink of extinction by commercial whaling, and despite the current ban, whales are still being killed. Whales and dolphins also face a number of other threats face a number of threats including entanglement in fishing gear and underwater noise.

Description of Course: A two day series of talks ranging from whale and dolphin evolution and diversity, to behavior and adaptations, to the history of whaling and current conservation problems for these animals.

Course Tutor: Dr. Chris Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for over a decade and has conducted projects on every continent. He is currently involved in research projects on coastal dolphin populations in the Caribbean and the effectiveness of marine conservation policy. Dr. Parsons currently teaches at George Mason University in Virginia and before this he was the Director of the research and education departments of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust based in Scotland. Dr. Parsons has been a member of the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) since 1999 and is currently on the Board of Governors of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and the American Cetacean Society. In addition, Dr. Parsons has published over 140 scientific papers, book chapters and reports and has written a book on marine mammal biology & conservation, which accompanies the course.

Areas to be covered include: whale and dolphin evolution; a review of the baleen whales and toothed whales; whale and dolphin adaptations to the marine environment; communication and intelligence; whales and folklore; the history of whaling; the International Whaling Commission; threats to dolphins and porpoises; and whale-watching.

Who Should Attend? The course is generally accessible to a wide audience, from whale and dolphin enthusiasts to undergraduate students.

What is included? The course fee includes all lectures, parking at the laboratory, packed lunch and tea and coffee throughout. By paying to participate in this course, you will be supporting the wider educational work of the Marine Biological Association.

MBA members receive a generous discount on all MBA organised training courses. If you are not already a member, you can join here before registering to receive a discounted rate.

Refund Policy: Cancelations received 10 days or more before the event will be refunded in full. Cancelations after this time will be refunded if the place on the course can be filled, otherwise the following will apply: 10 - 5 days before the event will recieve a 50% refund on the total course cost and cancelations received within five days of the event will not automatically be entitled to a refund.

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