Category Archives: Outside Conferences, Workshops & Symposia

Symposium: Marine Mammals in a Changing Environment (7-8 March 2019; Hamburg, Germany)

                                              ‘MARINE MAMMALS IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT’

Symposium – 07-08 March 2019 – CeNak, Hamburg, Germany

Marine mammals comprise top predators and upper trophic levels in oceanic ecosystems of the world. They are increasingly threatened by various anthropogenic impacts in their marine habitat, e.g. pollution by chemical and pharmaceutical substances, marine litter, underwater noise, changes in prey abundance and climate change. These constraints can have serious implications for the health status of marine mammals through elevated stress response, immune suppression as well as higher energy and metabolic demands caused by disturbances that may affect different populations to a varying degree.

The project ‘Marine Mammals In a Changing Environment’, funded by the VolkswagenFoundation, forms a consortium of museums and universities in Germany, Denmark and Sweden, combining unique collections, marine mammal expertise and innovative methods to investigate native marine mammal species.

Results will be presented with respect to changes in health condition and population status of marine mammals over long time periods and in different marine environments; in particular with respect to 1) to bone lesions in seal skulls, 2) feeding-related dental micro texture, 3) organochlorines in blubber of harbour seals, 4) trace elements in pelts of several seal species, and 5) parasitic and viral pathogens in seals during the last decades and century.

Cooperation partners:

Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW), University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation (TiHo), Germany

Centrum of Natural History (CeNak), University of Hamburg, Germany

Zoological Museum of Kiel University, Germany

German Oceanographic Museum Stralsund, Germany

University of Hildesheim, Germany

Natural History Museum of Denmark, Denmark

Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden

 

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Krishna Das, University of Liège, Laboratory of Oceanology-MARE, Belgium

Anders Galatius, Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Marine Mammal Research, Denmark

Gerd Meurs-Scher, Multimar Wattforum, Germany

 

Venue:

The symposium will be held at the Centrum of Natural History (CeNak), University of Hamburg;
Martin-Luther-King-Platz 3, 20146 Hamburg, Germany

 

Programme:

The detailed programme is available here

https://www.tiho-hannover.de/en/clinics-institutes/institutes/institute-for-terrestrial-and-aquatic-wildlife-research-itaw/symposium-2019/

 

Thursday, 07th March 2019 

11.00 – 13:30 Registration

13.00 – 13:30 Welcome

Ursula Siebert, Director of the Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Germany

Thomas M. Kaiser, Chair of Mammalogy and Paleoanthropology, Center of Natural History, University of Hamburg, Germany

13.30 – 14.15 Keynote 1

Mercury in marine vertebrates: new insights from speciation and isotopic composition, Krishna Das, University of Liege, Belgium

14.15 – 14.35: Dental pathology and alveolar bone lesions in Eastern Atlantic harbour seals, Patricia Kahle, University of Hildesheim, Germany

14.35 – 15.20 Coffee / Tea Break /Photo

15.20 – 15.40: Periapical lesions and osteomyelitis of the jaws as sequel, Uwe Kierdorf, University of Hildesheim, Germany

15.40 – 16.00: Dietary trait reconstruction in marine mammals, Elehna Bethune, Center of Natural History, Germany

16.00 – 16.20: Acanthocephalans in intestines of North and Baltic Sea grey and harbour seals: Pathologies, Prevalences and Present Situation, Jan Lakemeyer, Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research, Germany

16.20 – 16.40: Trophic niche structure of marine mammals from the North Sea: Location and time-trend effect, France Damseaux, University of Liege, Belgium

16.40 – 17.00: Skeletal adaptations of aquatic vertebrates to fasting, swimming, diving and hearing, Tim Rolvien, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany

17.00 – 17.30: Poster Session

19.00: Icebreaker with buffet, in the Exhibition of the CeNak

 

Friday, 08th March 2019 

9.00 – 9.45: Keynote 2

Whales, Wadden Sea and World Heritage Site – relevance of whales for environmental education, Gerd Meurs, Multimar Wattforum, Germany

9.45 – 10.30: Keynote 3

From morphology to management, Anders Galatius, Aarhus University, Denmark

10.30 – 10.50

Title pending, Morten Tange Olsen, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

10.50 – 11.35: Coffee / Tea Break

11.35 – 11.55: A phylogenetic study on the evolutionary history of Canine Distemper Virus and Phocine Distemper Virus, Iben Stockholm, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

11.55 – 12.15: There and back again – the return of the nasal mite Halarachne halichoeri to seals in German waters, Kristina Lehnert, Anja Reckendorf, Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research, Germany

12.15 – 12.35: A concept for a travel exhibition – how to bring the research results to the people, Katrin Wollny-Goerke, Meeresmedien, Germany

12.35 – 13.00 Closing Remarks and Farewell

 

Hosts:

Center of Natural History (CeNak), University of Hamburg, Germany

Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW), Büsum, Germany

 

Registration:

The symposium is free of charge but formal registration is needed as our venue is limited to 200 attendees.

Please e-mail your registration for the symposium until 15 February 2019 to vwkonferenz2019.cenak@uni-hamburg.de

 

https://www.cenak.uni-hamburg.de/en/forschung/abteilungen/mammalogie/projekte/mammalogie-4-marine-mammals.html

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences’ 2019 conference – Sustainable Futures (26-29 June 2019)

The call for Association for Environmental Studies & Sciences’ 2019 conference is now open!

The theme is “Sustainable Futures” and it will be held at the University of  of Central Florida on 26-29 June 2019.

Workshop proposals are due Jan 7 and abstracts for presentations are due by Feb 15.

For Submission details go to: aessconference.org/proposals/

#AESS2019

Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation Course (11-18 July 2019; Millport, Scotland)

Marine Mammal Biology & Conservation Course

  • Location: Millport
  • Tutor: Dominic McCafferty, Anna McGregor, Chris Parsons and Jack Lucas
  • Dates: Thursday 11 July 2019 to Thursday 18 July 2019
  • Level: Intermediate

 

Course cost

  • RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £731  (includes food and accomodation for the course duration)
  • RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £682 (includes food and accomodation for the course duration)
  • NON-RESIDENT: £642

To register please visit: https://www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2019/mil/marine-mammals-81596.aspx

This field course is an intensive, comprehensive yet thoroughly enjoyable introduction to studying marine mammals. With dedicated vessel surveys, lab practicals, shore work and lectures that cover the whole spectrum of marine mammal science; this course is a one-of-kind experience into the world of whales, dolphins and seals led by experienced professionals. Their biology, physiology, ecology, conservation and sampling strategies will be detailed over the course by experts in different fields, with specific focus on practical sessions where data will be collected and analysed. These practicals include: a line-transect survey for birds and cetaceans, a seal colony behavioural study, an acoustic workshop, an otter diet analysis and a land-based observation for megafauna. The Clyde is home to a wide variety of marine megafauna and is the perfect setting for observing mammals and birds in the wild. The use of the marine station’s research vessel RV Actinia, state-of-the-art lab facilities, comfortable lecture theatres and specialist equipment are an integral part of this course, along with the specialisms of the teaching staff involved.

Please note this course is aimed at those who are currently undertaking, or have recently undertaken, a degree in a relevant scientific discipline or those pursuing post-graduate studies. The course currently hosts regular undergraduate cohorts from the Universities of Glasgow and Stirling, and is frequently attended by visiting international students.

Extra Nights

If you are interested in staying at the Centre for additional nights, before or after the course, please contact the Centre for availability and costs which start from £25 for B&B, or £40 full board (we can confirm B&B availability 4 weeks prior to the course). Sunday rate £35.

Partner Rate

For those paying the sole occupancy price, we are offering our guests a special rate for those who would like a twin room for them and their partner not enrolled on an FSC course, at £35 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

US students

If you are based in the US and wish to take the course and/or wish to take the course for US college (undergraduate or graduate credit; 4.0 credit hours) please contact Dr Chris Parsons (ecm-parsons@earthlink.net) for information on how to get to the field station and/or obtaining US credit.

Tutors

Dr Dominic McCafferty joined the University of Glasgow in 1999 and since then has undertaken a range of studies on vertebrates with a particular interest in physiological ecology. His current research deals with cold adaptation, behavioural thermoregulation and stress-related temperature responses of birds and mammals. Dominic is Editor in Chief of Ibis (https://www.bou.org.uk/ibis/) and an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Thermal Biology (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-thermal-biology).

Dr Chris Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for over two decades and has been involved in projects on every continent. Chris was Associate Professor at George Mason University as well as the Director of their undergraduate program in environmental science, and is currently a research affilate at Glasgow University. In addition, he has published over 170 scientific papers and book chapters and has written a textbook on marine mammal biology & conservation (the textbook for the course) and co-edited a book on marine wildlife conflict resolution. He’s the Executive Editor of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Marine Science. and on the editorial board of Tourism in Marine Environments.

Dr Anna McGregor, a lecturer at Glasgow University, with a research background focussed on the use of sound in marine mammals and the potential for anthropogenic noise to cause physiologically relevant disturbance. More recently, Anna’s work has included studying the effects of noise on other animals as well as those in freshwater environments, and the use of acoustics to monitor cryptic animals in a number of habitats.

Jack Lucas is a knowledgeable marine biologist having conducted marine mammal research in four countries, and with a degree in the subject. He is also a qualified Passive Acoustic Monitoring operator and Marine Mammal Observer. He has a passion for birds and marine organisms, and works on Cumbrae as an FSC tutor for much of the year so knows the local sites well.

GIS for biological research – introductory course (18-19 March 2019; Glasgow, Scotland)

This is the second call for attendees for an upcoming introductory training course for those who wish to learn how to use GIS in biological research, and it will provide an introduction to using GIS in a wide variety of biological research situations, including marine mammal research, and the course includes two marine-mammal-specific practical exercises (one based around calculating the observed abundance per  unit survey effort of dolphins using a grid-based approach, and one based around mapping species richness for North Atlantic beaked whales). It is primmarily based around a GIS software package called QGIS, which is free to use. As a result, it is one of the best options for doing GIS for self-employed MMOs, small environmental consultancies, NGOs, those working on small marine mammal research projects with limited budgets for purchasing software licences and students working at universities who do not have access to commercial GIS software packages.
The course will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, on the 18th and 19th of March 2019, and it will be taught by Dr Colin D. MacLeod, who has more than 15 years experience in using GIS for a wide variety of biological purposes. For those who cannot attend this course in person, a shorter online course based on the same materials is available from our sister site www.GISforBiologists.com.
The course will primarily be based around QGIS (also known as Quantum GIS), which provides a user-friendly, open-source, free alternative to commercial GIS software packages, and it is becoming increasingly widely used in both academic and commercial organisations  As a result, it is aimed at both those with no GIS experience, but wish to learn how to do GIS with QGIS, and also those who are familiar with using commercial GIS software, such as ArcGIS, but who wish to learn how to use QGIS as an alternative. However, this course is taught using software-independent approach, and it is also open to those who wish to learn how to use ArcGIS to do biological GIS.

The practical exercises on this course will be based on those in the recently published GIS For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates  by Dr MacLeod, and a free copy of this book will be provided to all participants.

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 16 people, and the course will cost £295 per person (£200 for students, the unwaged and those working for registered charities).  To book a place, or for more information, visit http://gisinecology.com/an-introduction-to-using-gis-in-biological-research/ or email info@GISinEcology.com.

Glasgow has great transport links and is within half a days travel by car or by fast train links from most cities in the UK. For example, it can be reached in as little as 4h 30mins from London by train. It can also be reached by direct flights from many European cities and the flight time is generally under four hours.

The exact venue for the course will be confirmed closer to the time of the course, but it will be held in Glasgow city centre.

Attendees will be responsible for their own accommodation. However, Glasgow provides a wide range of accommodation options to fit most budgets.

Web: www.GISinEcology.com Email: info@GISinEcology.com

Passive Acoustic Monitoring Course (18-21 Feb 2019; Devon, UK)

Seiche Training will be launching a PAM Level 2 course on the 18th to 21st Feb 2019, Devon, UK.

This will be a new three and a half day course that builds on Seiche’ s PAM Level 1 course to develop operators’ skills for advanced PAMGuard configuration and troubleshooting hardware and software, as well as exploring more methods and settings for marine mammal identification. The course finishes with a practical session on analysing data using various software programmes, such as PAMGuard Viewer and Raven Lite.

The course is aimed at delegates with PAM experience and have completed PAM Level 1. A scientific background is preferred, ideally in biology and marine sciences. The skills developed on the course can be applied to all PAM equipment currently in the marketplace. Delegates will have a mix of interactive sessions, lectures and hands-on access to equipment.

If you require further information or wish to book, please contact info@seichetraining.com

23rd Annual Meeting of the Northwest Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (18 May 2019; University of Washington, Seattle) 2019!

The 23rd Annual Meeting of the Northwest Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (NWSSMM) will take place at the University of Washington, Seattle on May 18, 2019!
The purpose of the annual meeting is to cultivate community among students studying marine mammals by creating a relaxed atmosphere to share research ideas, tribulations, and triumphs. The meeting is also an opportunity to meet other students from across the Pacific Northwest region, explore potential collaborations, and have a great time in a supportive and informal setting.

Saturday, 18 May, will involve a full day of student oral and poster presentations, followed by a group dinner. On Sunday, 19 May, there will be an optional fun outing [TBD].
 
Please save the date and be on the lookout for more details to be announced in the coming weeks.
The NWSSMM 2019 Organizing Committee 

GIS for marine biologists course (18-19 March 2019, Glasgow, Scotland)

This is the first call for attendees for our upcoming introductory training course for those who wish to learn how to use GIS in biological research, and it will provide an introduction to using GIS in a wide variety of biological research situations, including marine mammal research, and the course includes two marine-mammal-specific practical exercises (one based around calculating the observed abundance per  unit survey effort of dolphins using a grid-based approach, and one based around mapping species richness for North Atlantic beaked whales). It is primarily based around a GIS software package called QGIS, which is free to use. As a result, it is one of the best options for doing GIS for self-employed MMOs, small environmental consultancies, NGOs, those working on small marine mammal research projects with limited budgets for purchasing software licences and students working at universities who do not have access to commercial GIS software packages.

The course will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, on the 18th and 19th of March 2019, and it will be taught by Dr Colin D. MacLeod, who has more than 15 years experience in using GIS for a wide variety of biological purposes. For those who cannot attend this course in person, a shorter online course based on the same materials is available from our sister site www.GISforBiologists.com.

The course will primarily be based around QGIS (also known as Quantum GIS), which provides a user-friendly, open-source, free alternative to commercial GIS software packages, and it is becoming increasingly widely used in both academic and commercial organisations  As a result, it is aimed at both those with no GIS experience, but wish to learn how to do GIS with QGIS, and also those who are familiar with using commercial GIS software, such as ArcGIS, but who wish to learn how to use QGIS as an alternative. However, this course is taught using software-independent approach, and it is also open to those who wish to learn how to use ArcGIS to do biological GIS.

 

The practical exercises on this course will be based on those in the recently published GIS For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates  by Dr MacLeod, and a free copy of this book will be provided to all participants.

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 16 people, and the course will cost £295 per person (£200 for students, the unwaged and those working for registered charities).  To book a place, or for more information, visit http://gisinecology.com/an-introduction-to-using-gis-in-biological-research/ or email info@GISinEcology.com.

Glasgow has great transport links and is within half a days travel by car or by fast train links from most cities in the UK. For example, it can be reached in as little as 4h 30mins from London by train. It can also be reached by direct flights from many European cities and the flight time is generally under four hours.

The exact venue for the course will be confirmed closer to the time of the course, but it will be held in Glasgow city centre.

Attendees will be responsible for their own accommodation. However, Glasgow provides a wide range of accommodation options to fit most budgets.

UK SMM Student Chapter meeting (24-29 January 2019, Swansea, Wales)

The committee of the UK and Ireland Regional Student Chapter (UKIRSC) of the Society for Marine Mammalogy are pleased to announce our 13th annual conference. This year our meeting will be held on the 24th–26th January 2019 at Swansea University, Wales.

 

This is a free conference which aims to bring together students from all across the United Kingdom and Ireland who are interested in and study marine mammals. Students are encouraged to present and discuss their work with colleagues, and have the opportunity to attend workshops and talks given by experienced scientists and specialists.

Deadline for registration and submission of presentation abstracts is 5th January 2019.

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit our website: https://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/ukrsc/conference-2019/

 

Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium (29-31 March 2019; Washington DC)

Save the Date for SEAMAMMS 2019!

When: March 29-31, 2019
Where: Georgetown University

As a special treat, the Smithsonian’s “Whale Warehouse” will be open all day (9-5pm) Friday for free tours! This is one of the largest collections of marine mammals in the world, read about it here and here. Make sure you arrive early enough to visit the Warehouse before registration and the Ice Breaker in the evening. The Warehouse is located in Suitland, MD which is approximately 25 min to 1 hour Southeast of DC (depending on traffic). We recommend visiting the Warehouse before you check into your hotel/airbnb. See the ‘Whale Warehouse’ tab for more information!

 

SEAMAMMS 2019

Métodos de estudios acústicos y visuales para la conservación de cetáceos (3 Nov 2018, Lima, Peru)

We are pleased to announce the course ” Métodos de estudios acústicos y visuales para la conservación de cetáceos ”

To be held in Lima, Peru.  This course will be taught Spanish.

More details are provided in Spanish for potential attendees:

Taller: Métodos de estudios acústicos y visuales para la conservación de cetáceos

Si eres estudiante, egresado y te gustaría investigar sobre la ecología comportamental y poblacional de cetáceos aplicando métodos visuales y acústicos.

Te invitamos a participar en el presente taller que se impartirá en colaboración con las siguientes instituciones:

– Laboratorio de Ecología Acústica e Comportamiento Anima, Universidade Federal do Reconcavo da Bahia, Brasil

– Fundación MERI, Santiago de Chile.

– Madre Agua Ecoturismo e Investigación, Colombia.

– Proyecto CETACEA Ecuador, USFQ.

¡Te esperamos el sábado 03 de Noviembre en Lima, Solamac 2018!

Inscripciones en:  http://solamac2018.com/xii-congreso-y-xviii-reunion-de-trabajo-de-la-sociedad-latinoamericana-de-especialistas-en-mamiferos-acuaticos-solamac/