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The 2017 SCMMW will be held January 27 - 28, 2017.

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The Southern California Marine Mammal Workshop is organized for and by marine mammal researchers to
foster discussion and collaboration within the Southern California research community.

2017 Workshop sessions include:

New Technologies for Marine Mammal Research

Lead: Dr. John Hildebrand

This session will identify emerging technologies for marine mammal research including the use of autonomous aerial vehicles, tagging technology, cameras, environmental DNA, and analysis of large datasets. The panel will consider how these technological trends may address the research needs of the marine mammal community, as well as examination of barriers to adoption of new technologies.

Marine Mammal Veterinary Medicine: Current Issues, Ideas, and Research

Lead: Dr. Claire Simeone

Marine mammal medicine provides insight into individual animal health, as well as larger scale population-level health. The data that stranded animals provide contribute to understanding the impacts ecosystem changes are having on the animals along the California coast. Recent anomalous temperatures along the West Coast have contributed to prey shifts for pinnipeds in the California current. This has led to elevated strandings of malnourished California sea lions and threatened Guadalupe fur seals. Warmer waters have also led to massive harmful algal blooms, which have impacted numerous marine mammal species. While domoic acid is commonly associated with neurologic symptoms, detrimental cardiac effects have also been observed and are now being characterized. This session will delve into the medicine of climate change – otariid strandings, their care in rehabilitation, and tracking post-release.

Conservation Issues in Marine Mammal Science

Lead: Dr. Dave Weller

This session will focus on conservation issues from a variety of species, useful technologies, stranding issues, geographic regions of concern and more.

Social Media and Communications: Hot Topics

Lead: Sarah Wilson Finstuen

We will also continue the theme we have each building our communication skills interacting with media, the public, and school communities. This year we will learn more on outreach “live” from the field, crowdfunding your projects, citizen science, social media for tracking whales and more.

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