Webinar: Climate Change and the Oceanography of the North Atlantic Right Whale Population (Sept 26)

The Lenfest Ocean Program is pleased to announce a new research project now underway. North Atlantic right whales are among the most endangered marine species, with fewer than 500 individuals remaining. In the last few years, the species seems to have shifted northward in summer. There has also recently been an unprecedented number of right whale deaths in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence, an area where right whale sightings had previously been rare. Officials in both the U.S. and Canada would like to know what is causing the range shift. One possibility is that the whales’ primary food source, a planktonic copepod called Calanus finmarchicus, has moved north because of rapid warming in the Gulf of Maine. Thus, the Lenfest Ocean Program is supporting Dr. Charles Greene of Cornell University and colleagues to conduct analysis of plankton samples to determine if right whales are moving in response to their prey. 

Click here to download a project fact sheet and see the full research team.

Project Webinar 

Join us for a one-hour presentation and discussion about the project by Dr. Greene and colleagues on:

  • Date: Wednesday, September 26
  • Time: 11:00 AM Pacific time/2:00 PM Eastern time
  • Register: Please register in advance by visiting this link

To join the webinar:

  • [If you haven’t already] Fill out the registration form before the event is scheduled to begin.
  • Event number: 796 610 511
  • Event password: rightwhales2018

For teleconference audio after you join the webinar, either:

  1. Select “Call Me” and provide your phone number (recommended method).
  2. Select “Call Using Computer.”
  3. Call the number below and enter the access code.
    1. In the U.S. and Canada, dial 1-855-214-7745.
    2. Enter the conference code 609 216 9542.
    3. After dialing the conference code, you will be connected to the conference line. Once connected please be sure to enter the Attendee ID that will appear on your screen, followed by the pound sign. This will allow your name to appear on the attendee list. You will not be prompted to do this.

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