Most of what we know about whale behavior originated from observations of their activity on the water’s surface. What they do beneath the waves has been more of a mystery—until recently. Marine biologist Dr. David Wiley, research coordinator at NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, has pioneered the use of advanced technology to discover the secret lives of these gentle giants.
Dr. Wiley’s research on humpback-whale behavior has led to the relocation of shipping lanes within the sanctuary and the world’s first real-time system for notifying ships of whales in their paths. He’s helped develop fishing gear that reduces the risk of whale entanglement, as well as innovative ways to rescue stranded whales and dolphins.
Dr. Wiley is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal, the NextGov Bold Award for scientific innovation and the Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy. His research has appeared in numerous scientific journals—including Behavior, Animal Behavior and Biological Conservation—and has been featured on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.
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About the lecture series:
National Marine Sanctuaries: Special Ocean Places and Their Champions
The National Aquarium is proud to partner with the National Marine Sanctuaries System
and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
to bring you a glimpse of both the wonder beneath the waves and a view of contemporary ocean issues in the 2014 Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series, “National Marine Sanctuaries: Special Ocean Places and Their Champions.”
Our nation’s vast ocean riches are protected by a system of National Marine Sanctuaries, cherished by people around the country and safeguarded by a team of global ocean leaders.
Your National Marine Sanctuary System is a diverse network of the best places in our ocean environment, from humpback whale feeding and birthing grounds and shipwrecks of national interest, to coral reefs and kelp beds that represent the finest ocean and Great Lake areas.
Through a series of lectures, we offer the chance to meet ocean experts who work on the front line of ocean conservation and exploration. Our year-long lecture series brings to you the luminaries, scientists, explorers and artists who protect and use these special places to drive change toward a sustained ocean and a sustainable future.
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is a private, non-profit organization whose vision is to strengthen and expand the network of national marine sanctuaries for the benefit of current and future generations.