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Pinnipeds in Maine’s Rivers and Coastal Waterways with Kristina Cammen – January 19

January 19th: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Marine scientist Kristina Cammen will lead a presentation on pinniped populations in Maine rivers and coastal waterways in an online webinar hosted by Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, January 19 at 12:00 pm.

Seals are a common sighting from Maine’s coasts today, increasingly so in some areas as local populations of gray and harbor seals have grown over the past several decades.  Yet, this has not always been the case.

As recently as the 1990s, gray seals were hard to find in New England, though archaeological remains suggest their historical presence. Gray and harbor seal populations in New England share histories of depletion due to human exploitation and subsequent recovery following federal protections from hunting and harassment. Within this context, Cammen will share information on the biology, ecology, and health of our resident seal populations today, with a particular focus on some of our recent research on pinnipeds in the Penobscot River.

Dr. Kristina Cammen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, where she teaches and conducts research in marine mammal ecology, population health, and conservation.

Her research program focuses on improving our understanding of marine mammal ecology and ocean health, and advancing the use of genomic techniques in conservation biology. She currently has active research projects investigating gray and harbor seals in the Gulf of Maine, particularly in relation to historical bottlenecks, recent recovery, and emerging diseases.

An online presentation via Zoom Webinars. All guests must have access to a computer or smart device for this program. The online Tuesday Talk series is free to all. Pre-registration is required, please email info@merryspring.org with the subject “TALK REGISTRATION” and the date of the desired program to request a registration link.

12 – 1 pm
Free to All
Part of the Online Winter Talk Series, sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial


January 19th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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