25 March 2021

DCP Deep Dive: Immune Function and Diving: new considerations in marine mammal health and conservation

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In this Deep Dive, Dr. Laura Thompson, Research Scientist at Mystic Aquarium, talks about her unique research linking dive behavior and health, by studying immune responses in marine mammals. While Dr. Thompson focuses on beluga research, she also talks about the recent renewed interest in dive physiology, and how understanding the link between behavior and health in diving mammals can help inform conservation concerns in changing ocean environments … and can even benefit human health!

If Dr. Thompson’s webinar sparks an interest to learn more about marine mammal diving, then check out the DCP Deep Dive webinar from May 2020, by Dr. David Rosen. The link to DCP’s web site is here and the link to DCP’s YouTub channel is here for Dr. Rosen's webinar.

Today's program on immune function and diving is geared toward ages 14 and up, but all are welcome and will enjoy the program.

Original Airdate: 25 March 2021

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