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Wednesday, March 4 @ 2 PM
Hearth Lounge | Bay Conference Center

Spying on Whales
By Nick Pyenson

Nick Pyenson is the curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. His work has taken him to every continent, and his scientific discoveries frequently appear in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Popular Mechanics, USA Today, on NPR, NBC, CBC, and the BBC. Along with the highest research awards from the Smithsonian, he has also received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Obama White House.

Hosted by Allison Payne a graduate student researcher with the Hines Lab at San Francisco State’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center. Allison is a researcher for the Marine Mammal Center and a naturalist for local whale watching operations. She received her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley and has studied whales around the world, from the fossils of New Zealand’s ancient ocean to the entanglement scars of humpback whales in San Francisco.