Southern resident killer whales: Risks and realities

Southern resident killer whales: Risks and realities - In Victoria

Headlines have linked the decline of Southern resident killer whales to just about everything—noise, shipping, toxins, whale watching and fishing. But are these the real threats to the survival of this iconic species? Join UBC marine mammal researcher Andrew Trites as he separates facts and research from popular assumptions. British Columbians care deeply about killer whales and feel responsible for protecting them. Be part of the conversation and bring your questions.

Presented in partnership with:

UBC Faculty of Science

Thursday, September 272018
Registration Opens: 6:30 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
Reception: 8:00 pm

The Union Club of British Columbia
805 Gordon St.
Victoria, BC – map

This event is sold out.

Questions? Please contact Kim Duffell at

Speaker Biography

Dr Andrew Trites

Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Faculty of Science, UBC
Director, Marine Mammal Research Unit, UBC

Andrew TritesAndrew Trites (MSc, PhD Zoology) oversees the Marine Mammal Research Unit and a research program that studies seals, sea lions, whales and dolphins. His work involves captive studies, field studies and simulation models ranging from single species to whole ecosystems. His research spans ecology, nutrition, physiology and animal behavior—and is designed to further the understanding and conservation of marine mammals, and resolve conflicts between humans and marine mammals. Training students, and collaborating with other disciplines (such as nutrition, ecology, physiology and oceanography) is central to the success of his research program. Dr. Trites played a key role in the 3-year project to recover and articulate the famous blue whale skeleton on display at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC’s Vancouver campus.

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