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New Meetup: Sea Turtles as Sentinels of Ecological Health @ New England Aquarium

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 1:00 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Sea Turtles as Sentinels of Ecological Health @ New England Aquarium

When: May 4,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: From the New England Aquarium Site:

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

"Lecturer - Dr. Alonso Aguirre, Vice-President for Conservation Medicine, Wildlife Trust. Dr. Aguirre is a pioneer in the new field of conservation medicine, which links wildlife medicine to ecosystem health. Dr. Aguirre studies emerging diseases in wildlife, domestic animals and humans, and works to establish health management plans for diseases, such as avian flu, that cross the species barrier.

"This event will take place in the Harborside Learning Lab, located at the New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, unless otherwise noted".

Register: Free:

... if you wish to hang out at Legal Seafoods next door at Long Wharf after, please add that to your RSVP. If it is over 10 people, I'll make a reservation at Legal Seafoods, else I think all of us just dropping in after will be fine.

Where to meet:

T.J. Maher will be waiting in front of the Harborside Learning Lab by 6:20 pm. We can head in to get seats at 6:40 pm. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag, and a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag.

About Dr. Alonso Aguirre:

"Dr. Alonso Aguirre is Director for Conservation Medicine at Wildlife Trust, based in Palisades, New York. He also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine lecturing in the courses Conservation Medicine and Comparative Medicine and is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where he teaches at the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology the graduate course Disease Ecology and Conservation . In addition, he teaches at CERC Conservation Biology Certificate Program on a regular basis.

"After obtaining his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine he received a M.S. in wildlife biology and epidemiology and a Ph.D. in wildlife biology and protected areas management from Colorado State University (CSU). Following a two-year faculty appointment at Oregon State University working with wildlife-domestic animal disease interactions in national parks, he returned to CSU as assistant professor. There, he developed research on sea turtle biology, management and conservation with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and taught a senior course Diseases of Wildlife . Also, led training and research efforts on ecosystem health and biological diversity with Smithsonian Institution, and wildlife field anesthesia trials with Wildlife Laboratories, Inc. During[masked], he acted as the veterinary medical officer/epidemiologist for NMFS Protected Species Investigation Honolulu Laboratory extensively working on health assessment and disease monitoring of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and continued his long-term research with marine turtles".


"By Subway/Train
The closest subway stop is just 100 yards from the Aquarium. It is the Aquarium stop on MBTA?s Blue Line. All other subway lines connect to the Blue Line, and stops off all of the lines are only a short walk from the Aquarium, including the State stop on the Orange Line (8-minute walk), the Government Center stop on the Green Line (10-minute walk), and the South Station stop on the Red Line (10-15-minute walk)".

Where is the Harborside Learning Lab?

"The Harborside Learning Lab is located on the ground floor of the Boston Harbor Garage adjacent to the New England Aquarium. The entrance is at the corner of the garage that faces towards Boston Harbor and is on the south end (the end farther from the Aquarium)".

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