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Ted Cheeseman, "Sharing the Science: How 2000 Whale Watchers are Doing What Researchers Can’t (Afford to) Do"

  • The Bay Model Visitor Center 2100 Bridgeway Sausalito, CA, 94965 United States (map)

ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter presents Ted Cheeseman, "Sharing the Science: How 2000 Whale Watchers are Doing What Researchers Can’t (Afford to) Do"

There’s something amazing happening across the Pacific Ocean: every single humpback whale swimming in waters accessible by tour vessels may soon be identified as an individual and tracked. A growing team of citizen scientists collaborating with researchers through the web platform Happywhale have now identified over 15,000 individuals from the Antarctic to Alaska. Suddenly, whale science has become personal, accessible, and hopefully, more powerful. With this, we are more quickly identifying entangled whales, learning if individuals who have suffered entanglements survive. We are also better understanding whale migration patterns.  Join us to enjoy stories and images from an inspiring movement in citizen science.

Ted Cheeseman grew up in California, son of a naturalist and zoology professor couple whose shared mission in life was to educate the public about wildlife. Ted began whale watching at a very young age and has been leading wildlife and marine mammal focused tourist expeditions for Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris (www.cheesemans.com) for more than two decades with a focus on Antarctica and, at warmer latitudes, on responsibly operated in-water whale experiences. Ted is currently a PhD student, developer of the marine mammal citizen science platform www.Happywhale.com, and owner of Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris.

*Event Change* Alicia Amerson will be unable to provide her drone stewardship presentation on this date.