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Profs & Pints DC: Living with Marine Mammals
November 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0$2 – $12.
Profs and Pints DC presents: “Living with Marine Mammals,” with Chris Parsons, veteran marine mammal researcher in the Division of Ocean Sciences of the National Science Foundation and former director of the undergraduate environmental science program at George Mason University.
[You must show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test from the previous 72 hours to attend.]
Profs and Pints is bringing Georgetown’s Church Hall bar a whale of a talk.
We’ll get to know the mighty blue whale, seals, sea otters, and other marine mammals as we never knew them before with the help of Chris Parsons, who has been a marine mammal and marine conservation researcher for nearly three decades.
Having been involved in research projects on every continent, including Antarctica, and authored a textbook on marine mammal biology and conservation, he’s the perfect person to immerse us in what’s known about the various types of marine mammals and their behaviors.
He’ll talk about manatees, dolphins, and walruses. He’ll discuss the raunchy love lives of killer whales and break the news that sea otters aren’t nearly as warm and fuzzy as many people think. We’ll learn about the marine mammals that Christopher Columbus mistook for mermaids, and how the songs of humpback whales may in some ways be similar to pop music.
A member of the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission who specializes in studying small, threatened populations of dolphins in developing countries, he’ll also discuss conservation efforts underway around the world and what we can do to help keep marine mammals around.
It will be the perfect opportunity to learn in depth about these creatures without getting wet, and to pose questions that have come to mind as you watched nature shows. (Advance tickets: $12. Doors: $15, or $13 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later. Please allow yourself time to place any orders and get seated and settled in. Church Hall, where this event is being staged, follows all C.D.C. and Washington D.C. guidelines regarding public health, and D.C. currently requires anyone indoors at a restaurant or bar to wear a mask except while eating or drinking. The venue reserves the right to modify all rules to align with current and future regulations and best practices to maintain a safe and fun environment. In addition to bar service, it provides contactless ordering and hand sanitizer at all tables.)