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The Relationship Between Marine Mammals and Humans is Focus of Next Community Luncheon Series

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Keuka College’s Community Luncheon Series will continue Thursday, Feb. 23 with an inside look into how the relationship between humans and marine mammals continues to evolve, and what the two species can learn from each other.

Keuka College’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Paul Forestell will discuss “Marine Mammals and Humans: Kindred Spirits or Competing Species?” at a noon luncheon at the Hampton Inn, 10 Mace Street, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527. 

“Marine mammals and humans have interacted for at least 5,000 years,” says Dr. Forestell. “During that time, humans have treated marine mammals with respect, compassion, utilitarianism, and brutality. Marine mammals have generally treated humans with disinterest—there have been exceptions. Nonetheless, our lives are becoming more entwined. Let’s discuss what we think we know about marine mammals, how we’ve learned what we think we know, and what marine mammals might be able to tell us today.”

Dr. Forestell holds a Ph.D. in comparative psychology, with a focus in animal cognition, from the University of Hawaii. He spent the majority of his career in higher education as a research scientist, studying animal learning and behavior—specifically the migratory patterns and social behavior of whales and dolphins. For 15 years, he traveled to Costa Rica each January with groups of students to teach a dolphin observation and research course. Dr. Forestell has served as Keuka Collge’s provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2014.

Tickets for the lecture and luncheon are $15. Reservations may be made online before Wednesday, Feb. 15.

 For more information or questions, please contact Kathy Waye, director of community relations and events at (315) 279-5602, or [email protected]

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