Two whales in one

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Illustration by Natalie Renier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Van Cise on her recent Molecular Ecology paper! Amy determined that the short-finned pilot whale comprises two subspecies, one of which contains a further population-level division. Understanding group boundaries has important implications for whale conservation, and Amy has been getting some well-deserved press for her discovery.

Read more about it here:

WHOI press release

Mongabay

The Independent

 

Ocean Science Cafe: Invasion of the Body-Snatchers

Carolyn gave a public talk on biological invasions and body-snatching parasites at the Tavern on the Wharf in Plymouth, MA. Quite a few brave souls came out to a seafood restaurant to learn about crab parasites. It was recorded for posterity, and you can see it here: