Science Talk: Exploring the Secret Language of Elephant Seals

February 2, 2021

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Join us for an afternoon with Caroline Casey from the University of California Santa Cruz where Dr Casey has spent the past decade exploring the the acoustic behavior of northern elephant seals. Her team combines behavioral observations, photogrammetry, acoustic recordings, and playback experiments to explore the communication strategy of this highly polygynous species. In this talk, she will describe the social network of male seals, and share how males use sound to settle high-stakes competitive interactions over access to females during the breeding season. Caroline’s research on this topic has been highlighted broadly in a number of documentary films and popular media outlets including the New York Times, National Geographic, and BBC.