Dr. Trites of UBC Zoology to Speak at the Art of Conservation

Blue Whales and Other Skeletons in My Closet

On February 1, Dr. Andrew Trites, an associate member of the UBC Department of Zoology will speak at The Art of Conservation, an evening of lectures, museum tours, and films organized by the BC/Yukon Region of The Explorers Club – Canadian Chapter. Dr. Trites’ presentation is titled “Blue Whales and Other Skeletons in My Closet”.

The Art of Conservation
Saturday, February 1, 2014  |  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
By donation

The incredible line-up of speakers also includes Jeff Whiting (FI’11), founder of the Artists for Conservation, Ian Hinkle, filmmaker, and transmedia specialist of the Raincoast Foundation. The keynote address will be given by Daisy Gilardini (FI’10), an outstanding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers who specializes in the Polar Regions.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum members are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance:

RSVP here
Password: trites
Deadline: January 29, 2014

About Dr. Andrew Trites: With a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Ecology from McGill University, a Master’s of Science and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Zoology from the University of British Columbia, Dr. Trites has a wide range of interests including the biology of marine mammals, population dynamics, bioenergetics, fisheries, and data analysis. His current research focuses primarily on pinnipeds, such as Steller sea lions, northern fur seals and harbor seals. This research involves captive studies, field studies and simulation models that represent single species as well as whole ecosystems. Dr. Trites is driven to enhance the conservation and understanding of marine mammals, ecosystems and to lessen conflicts between human beings and the marine world. Dr. Trites is currently the Director of both the Marine Mammal Research Unit and the North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium. He is an associate member of the UBC Department of Zoology and a research associate with the Vancouver Aquarium.

Proceeds from the event will go towards Phase Two of the Marine Mammal Skeleton Exhibit at the University of British Columbia. If you are unable to attend and wish to donate to the Marie Mammal Skeleton Exhibit – Phase 2, visit www.startanevolution.ca/marinemammalskeleton or to the Marine Mammal Research Unit at www.startanevolution.ca/marineresearchunit.

For more information on The Art of Conservation, please visit www.explorersclub.ca or contact Jessica Lansfield at students@explorersclub.ca or 250-884-4107.