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Genes, culture and connectivity in the ocean - The Royal Society

Humpback Whales. Credit: Ed Lyman, NOAA.

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ON MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (6.30pm to 8pm), you can find out how culturally transmitted behaviour is shaping marine ecosystems in this Café Scientifique with Emma Carroll.

Populations of marine animals, like whales and dolphins, rely on the transmission of behaviours – such as where to find suitable breeding grounds – from their parents and peers. Local extinction can lead to patchy recovery of species and a decrease in the connectivity between populations.

Join Emma Carroll, who is using studies of behaviour and the chemical signatures of feeding grounds, in conjunction with next generation genomic data, to shed light on ecologically important species, leading to better understanding, better management and better conservation.

Attending this event

Free to attend but registration is required.

80 seats are available.

Registration opens on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10am.

Doors open at 6pm.

A recorded audio will be available a few days after the event.

Enquiries can be sent to

About Café Scientifique

This is a dialogue-based event.

There is a 10 minute presentation from the speaker (without Powerpoint).

There is (approximately) a 1 hour Q&A session, plus 15 minute break.

There is informal seating at tables rather than lecture-style arrangement.

Café facilities include drinks and snacks.

The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG