Marine Mammal Session: Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology/WA Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting (2/28/19)

Marine mammals are good barometers of our environment. The status of these species and
current efforts at their conservation are very timely due to climate change, shortages of
salmon, increases in boats volume and human populations, and high levels of contaminants
off of the West Coast of the United States.

On February 28th, 2019, a marine mammal special session consisting of 18 speakers will be
held. The talks will cover cetaceans (whales), pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) and mustelids
(sea otters). We plan on having speakers from Cascadia, NOAA-NMFS, OSU, WDFW, UBC,
UW, Seattle Aquarium, Sealife Response Rehabilitation Research (SR3), and U.S. ArmyCorp
of Engineers. Including John Calambokidis, Dr. Scott Baker, Steven Jefferies, Dr. Alex
Zerbini, Dr. Robyn Angliss, and others. Talks will cover porpoise and sea otter recovery in
Washington, comparing manned to unmanned aerial surveys, eDNA, the southern resident
pod of killer whales, increased entanglement of whales off of the Washington Coast, and
other interesting and timely topics.

This special session will take place from 9am till 5pm with a couple of breaks and a hour
for lunch. The meeting will take place in between Olympia and Centralia, WA (Great Wolf

For further details, you can reach out to me by email at or read
more about the meeting at

Thank you,
Alexander (Alex) Pavlinovic

2019 Annual Meeting Website