Research on flu viruses in marine mammals at the Channel Islands

For the September From Shore to Sea lecture Dr. Pamela Yochem will discuss the role and significance of marine mammals in spreading influenza viruses that may pose a risk to human health.

Yochem’s research has revealed that some of the marine mammals at the Channel Islands have been exposed to the same virus that caused the last global epidemic of influenza in humans.

The sudden appearance and rapid spread of this highly contagious virus in both humans and marine mammals is unprecedented according to Yochem.

Yochem is the Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer at Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute in San Diego. She is a USDA-accredited veterinarian and has studied the population biology, behavioral ecology, and health of marine vertebrates for 30 years.

The talk will be held on Thursday, September 14. The From Shore to Sea lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park. The 2017 lecture series will take place at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of each month, January through December, at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive, in Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.

This lecture can also be viewed live online, at:Shore to Sea lecture series.

Lectures are recorded and posted at: http://www.nps.gov/chis/learn/photosmultimedia/from-shore-to-sea-lecture-videos.htm

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