Brown Bag Lunch: IRL Dolphin Populations

20161004-brownbag-megan stolenOur Brown Bag Lunch speaker on Tuesday, October 4 will be Research Scientist Megan Stolen from the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI). Her talk will focus on the life history and current status of bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon, a population that has been greatly impacted by the declining health of the IRL.

Megan came to the HSWRI in 1999 after completing her degrees at the University of Central Florida. Megan serves as a coordinator for stranded whales and dolphins along the beaches of east central Florida. The focus of her research is on stranded whales and dolphins, particularly dolphins of the Indian River Lagoon system.

20161004-brownbag-HSWRI-dolphinMegan also directs research in the Institute’s laboratory for life history research. Her expertise involves using teeth to estimate the ages of individual whales and dolphins. Other research interests include: pathology and disease occurrence, growth and population modeling, and identification and study of harmful human interactions with coastal cetaceans.

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MRC's Brown Bag Lunch Series is held the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 pm at the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House, 3275 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay. Florida. For more information contact MRC at 321-725-7775.