Tuesday, July 21 @ 7-8:15 pm
DIGITAL SPEAKER SERIES: Maritime History + Active Citizenship: The Plight of the North Atlantic Right Whale
Speaker: Kelly Kryc, PhD
New England’s culture and identity is inherently and inextricably tied to the ocean. From the first nations that inhabited the region and gave our state its name to the arrival of the pilgrims at Plymouth on the Mayflower, our dependence on the ocean continues today. Our rich maritime history includes fishing, ship-building, and whaling to name just a few. In modern times, these traditions live on through world-class oceanographic research conducted at institutions throughout the state, including at the New England Aquarium. Nearly 40 years ago, Aquarium scientists discovered a pod of North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of Maine—a species that, until then, was thought to have been hunted to extinction. Despite the end of whaling, the threats to the North Atlantic right whale have only been increasing, and the species now balances on the precipice of extinction. Join the New England Aquarium’s Director of Conservation Policy and Leadership, Dr. Kelly Kryc, to learn more about the plight of the North Atlantic right whale and how you can help them survive.
Dr. Kelly Kryc is the Director of Conservation Policy and Leadership for the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium focused on transforming science into action that protects the blue planet. Dr. Kryc is an energy and environment policy professional who formerly held positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the U.S. State Department, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Prior to working in the public sector, she spent a decade working for the non-profit sector advancing science priorities in the United States and abroad. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on understanding extreme climate variability in Antarctica during the past 10,000 years. Dr. Kryc maintains an appointment as an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University’s Science in Public Interest Program where she taught “Science and Society: Global Challenges” and “Shaping National Science Policy.”