Katherine Ayres will be giving a lecture about her PhD project where she trained her scent detection dog to find whale scat in Puget Sound. Katherine is analyzing these scat samples to determine the health and welfare of the whales. Katherine wrote an article titled Whales, Dogs, Poop and Conservation Biology about her exciting work.
Katherine’s lecture is Thursday, February 24th (this lecture has been rescheduled due to weather) Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00PM at the Duwamish Longhouse: 4705 West Marginal Way, S.W., Seattle, WA 98106. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets. We hope to see you there!
About Katherine Ayres
Katherine Ayres is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biology and the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington and is a Northwest Fisheries Science Center fellow. Katherine received a BA in Biology from Pomona College in 2004 where she researched Evolution and Development in hydra and fruit flies. She made a dramatic change in study systems to killer whales for her dissertation work! Katherine is interested in the use of non-invasive physiological monitoring tools for wildlife research. She is also interested in using applied animal behavior to train detection dogs for conservation studies. For her killer whale work she trained and handled a scat detection dog named Tucker from Dr. Sam Wasser’s Conservation Canine program.