Maddalena Bearzi: Dolphin Confidential - Confessions of a Field Biologist

Maddalena Bearzi: Dolphin Confidential – Confessions of a Field Biologist

Ph.D., President, Ocean Conservation Society

Ever fantasized about the unique thrill of working among charismatic and clever dolphins in the wild? Come hear renowned scientist Bearzi talk about her experiences at sea, tracing her own evolution as a woman and as a scientist from her earliest travails to her transformation into an advocate for conservation and dolphin protection. She takes us inside the world of a marine scientist and offers a firsthand understanding of marine mammal behavior, as well as the frustrations, delights and creativity that make up dolphin research.

This compelling and in-depth account of Bearzi’s fieldwork is a captivating look into dolphin social behavior and intelligence, as well as the difficulties involved in collecting the data that transforms hunches into hypotheses and eventually scientific laws. Bearzi shares an honest, down-to-earth analysis of what it means to be a marine biologist in the field today and the life among the dolphins. She also addresses the critical environmental and conservation problems facing these magnificent, socially complex, highly intelligent and emotional beings.

MLF: Science & Technology
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing
Cost: $20 standard, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Program Organizer: Chisako Ress and Tom Devine
Also know: Part of the Future of Work series, sponsored by Wells Fargo and Ernst & Young