—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
June 22, 2010
Contact: Tatiana Brailovskaya, Director of Communications, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences 207.633.9633 email@example.com
Whales in the Urban Ocean: June 29 Café Scientifique
WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME – Dr. Scott Kraus, Vice President for Research at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts will be the guest scientist at Bigelow Laboratory’s June 29 Café Scientifique gathering at 6:00 p.m. in the Opera House on 86 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Kraus will lead a conversation titled “Whales in the Urban Ocean: Coexistence and Conservation,” addressing the management of the relationship between human activities and whales in the marine environment.
Kraus has been a research scientist at the New England Aquarium’s Edgerton Research Laboratory since 1980. He received his B.A. from College of the Atlantic, his M.S. in biology from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. He has published over 80 papers in the peer-reviewed literature on whale biology, oceanography, fisheries, and conservation, and is co-editor of The Urban Whale, a 2007 Harvard University Press book about right whales in the North Atlantic. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and a member of the Research Faculty at the University of Southern Maine.
The Laboratory’s Café Scientifique gatherings are informal discussions about scientific issues and society, current research, and the latest news from the field. The Café Scientifique movement began in 1998 in England, and has spread quickly throughout Europe and the United States. There are now over 150 science cafés organized over 42 countries. The Laboratory’s cafés are free, open to the public, and a cash bar is available. The Laboratory’s 2010 Summer Café Scientifique gatherings will be held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday from June 29 through August 24 at the Opera House. The full schedule and program are available online at www.bigelow.org/about/calendar/cafe-scientifique-summer-2010.
An internationally-known center for global ocean research, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences conducts research ranging from microbial oceanography -- examining biological productivity in the world’s oceans at the molecular level -- to the large-scale biogeochemical processes that drive interactions between ocean ecosystems and global environmental conditions. These programs have taken Bigelow scientists around the world to every ocean and the polar seas. The Laboratory is supported by federal research grants and private funds. Photo: Dr. Scott Kraus, New England Aquarium.