IAB Life Science Hour Seminar Series
|Title:||Investigations into the chemical ecology of petrels and albatrosses|
|Date:||Friday, 9 December 2016|
|Location:||Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.|
The tubenosed seabirds (petrels and albatrosses) of the order Procellariiformes have among the most impressive olfactory abilities of any animal on earth. These species are unique among birds in that they spend most of their lives flying over the world’s oceans, returning to land each year or every other year, to breed and rear a single offspring. Members of this order tend to partner for life, and show strong nest- site fidelity between seasons. Much of my lab’s research focuses on the chemical ecology of procellariform seabirds, including studies of mate choice and individual recognition as well as foraging and sensory traps created by marine debris. My talk will highlight some of these recent results.
About the Speaker:
Gabrielle Nevitt is a Professor of Animal Behavior in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at UC Davis who is fascinated by the sensory worlds of animals. She has spent most of her career engaged in research aimed at elucidating how fishes and seabirds ‘see’ the world through their noses. She has worked extensively in the sub-Antarctic to better understand how petrels and albatrosses use odor landscapes to find patchily distributed prey in a seemingly featureless ocean. She received her BS and MS Stanford University, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Washington, where she studied olfactory imprinting and homing in Pacific salmon. She did postdoctoral work at Cornell University and the University of Oregon. She lives in Winters, California, with a variety of pet birds, including three emus.
Browse Life Science Hour Seminars
Beginning in 1966 and continuing today, IAB hosts a weekly seminar for faculty, students, staff and the public during the academic year. The series attracts life scientists from Alaska and around the world.
If you wish to meet with a particular speaker, please contact one of the seminar coordinators or the IAB director's office at 907-474-7649.The 2016-2017 faculty coordinators for this seminar series are Greg Breed and Devin Drown. Beginning in 2013, many of the seminars were recorded and can be viewed online. Speakers are listed in chronological order within academic years.
- 8/26/16 (Virginia K. Walker)
- 9/2/16 (Kat Milligan-Myhre)
- 9/6/16 (Art DeVries)
- 9/7/16 (Chi-Hing Christina Cheng)
- 9/16/16 (Kathryn Clancy)
- 9/23/16 (Jeff Freymueller)
- 9/30/16 (Wil Wollheim)
- 10/7/16 (Andrea Ferrante)
- 10/14/16 (Vincent B. Young)
- 10/21/16 (Kriya Dunlap)
- 10/28/16 (Steffi Ickert-Bond)
- 11/4/16 (Jason Burkhead)
- 11/11/16 (Jim Cook)
- 12/2/16 (Rix, Wilbur, Yancey, McLaughlin, Johns, McDermott, Andrews, Gowan)
- 12/9/16 (Gabrielle Nevitt)