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Demystifying Great Shearwaters

What do we know about the foraging behavior, habitat use and movement ecology of Great Shearwaters?  Learn about these impressive and mysterious pelagic birds from Dr. David Wiley, who leads the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary’s seabird ecology program, which has captured, satellite tagged, and tracked Great Shearwaters annually since 2012.

About the presenter:

Dr. David Wiley is the Research Ecologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’s (NOAA) Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.  He received his PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University with a focus on environmental decision-making and conservation biology.  Dr. Wiley’s research has ranged from studying the reproductive and foraging ecology of endangered whales to mapping marine toxic/hazardous waste sites.  He has worked with fishermen to redesign fishing gear to reduce the risk of whale entanglement and pioneered methods to successfully rescue mass stranded whales and dolphins.  Currently he is leading multi-organizational studies using advanced telemetry and novel visualization software to explore the underwater behavior of endangered whales, satellite telemetry to understand the movements and foraging ecology of Great Shearwater seabirds, and the ecology/climate impacts of sand lance forage fish.  His results have appeared in scientific journals ranging from Animal Behavior to Conservation Biology.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Switzer Environmental Leadership Award, Gulf of Maine Visionary Award, NextGov Bold Award for Scientific Innovation, the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s award for Excellence in Scientific Communication and an Ian Axford Fulbright Fellowship.  He has been recognized as NOAA’s Employee of the Year for Science; and awarded the US Department of Commerce Gold Medal for Scientific Leadership.  He is also adjunct faculty in the College of Science and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts Boston and affiliate faculty in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.

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