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Something smells fishy: The science of how & why marine wildlife eat plastic

November 14, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove

This event of for members of the Friends of Hopkins and Stanford alumni only. Please RSVP at the FOH web page: or call.

Plastic debris takes on an infochemical signature after less than a month at sea, and can affect wildlife behaviors including predation and foraging. Dr. Matthew Savoca will share how he established that behavioral responsiveness to certain infochemicals can predict dietary specialization among a Southern Ocean assemblage of seabirds (albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters, storm petrels, and diving petrels). Matthew’s findings link the fields of chemical ecology, marine biology, biogeochemistry and animal behavior with relevance for species and ecosystem conservation.

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Hopkins Marine Station
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(831) 655-6200

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