Special Members' event
Discovering Scotland's Seals and Sharks
Thursday 9 November
19:00 - 20:30
£5 for Seabird members
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Two scientists unveil cutting-edge research taking place with basking sharks and seals!
Dr Lea-Anne Henry, University of Edinburgh
Lea-Anne is an ecologist with broad interests in how the oceans and marine ecosystems are changing.
She co-leads SIORC, an ongoing community project with MASTS, to research sharks, skates and rays (elasmobranchs) around Scotland’s coastline. Unknown to many, there are 66 known species (and counting) 25% of which are on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species (that’s more than the global average of 17%).
Long-term changes in the character of Scotland’s sharks have occurred, a combination of climate change and human pressures having significant effects.
The SIORC project works with Scottish sea anglers, government scientists, advisors, universities and NGOs to develop conservation research priorities to help protect Scottish elasmobranchs.
Lea-Anne has explored the deep open ocean using video cameras, seafloor mapping and oceanographic instruments and helped discover how important Scotland’s seas are to elasmobranchs for mating, nurseries and aggregating.
At this special members' event, find out more about Lea-Anne's amazing work.
Professor John Baxter, from Scottish Natural Heritage
John Baxter is Principal Marine Adviser for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and chairperson of the Marine Advisory Group for the national marine centre. John is responsible for the coordination of marine research survey and monitoring work for SNH and has been involved fascinating research projects around Scotland and world-wide.
John represents SNH on a number of high level inter-agency and inter-governmental steering groups at both Scottish and UK levels including the Special Committee on Seals, Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group as well as Chief Editor (Marine and Coastal) of the international journal ‘Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems’. He has published many papers and holds an honorary readership at the University of St Andrews.
At this members' event John will share the results of a satellite seal tagging project undertaken in Scotland as well as demonstrate how technologies such as thermal imaging are used to monitor seal populations. In some areas of Scotland, harbour seal populations have experienced dramatic declines in recent years which is a key driver for research.