Pacific fin whales are among the largest animals ever to exist. They live up to 90 years, and weigh between 40 and 80 tons. They are also facing extinction. Dr. Eric Archer, a geneticist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, works with these beautiful creatures. He has found that there are three distinct populations of fin whales in the eastern North Pacific Ocean (which includes the Oregon Coast). This Tuesday, May 17 in Room 4001 at the Agriculture & Life Sciences Building, Dr. Archer will speak on his recent study of fin whales, and how he was able to use both the DNA of the whales as well as the distinctive songs they use to communicate to identify three distinct subspecies.
The ALS Building is located at 4017 SW Jefferson Way. For more information, contact the Department of Integrative Biology at 541-737-2993. If you’re interested but can’t make it in person, you will also be able to listen to Dr. Archer’s presentation online at http://oregonstate.
By John M. Burt