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Invitation to Attend IBEC Seminar Series on 13 April 2010@1:00pm

Dear all,
Please find below an invitation to a talk to be held at UNIMAS.
Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to : tsendi@ibec.unimas.my
Thank you.
MNS Kuching Branch

On behalf of the Director of IBEC, I wish to invite Prof/Dr/Sir/Madam to attend our IBEC Seminar Series as below:

     Date  |13 April 2010 (Tuesday)
   Speaker :| Ms. Gillian Braulik, Marine Biologist University of St. Andrew, UK
   Topic:  |  “Methods  for  Studying  and  Conserving Small Population of Dolphins in Asia”
   Time:   |  1:00pm – 2:00pm (Lunch Hour Talk),
   Venue: |  Tutorial  Room  5,  Level  G, IBEC/FRST Building, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

Speakers Background:
Gill  Braulik  is  a  marine  biologist  specializing  in  research  and conservation  of  marine and freshwater dolphins in Asia.  She has spent the last ten years working on the Indus River dolphin which is a species endemic  to  Pakistan that persists in a river system fragmented by damsand barrages and degraded by water diversion for irrigation.  Ms Braulik has also been conducting baseline abundance surveys, identifying threats and in the  design  of protected areas for coastal dolphins in various parts of Asia including Iran, Bangladesh, India and Hong- Kong.


Methods  for  studying  and  conserving small populations of dolphins in Asia Gill Braulik University of St. Andrews, UK
Many  marine  mammal  populations  in  Asia  occur  as  small,  isolated populations  in  restricted  habitat making them extremely vulnerable to human-caused  mortality.   Coastal and riverine populations of Irrawaddy dolphins are among the most threatened of the world's cetacean species, and populations such as those found in Kuching, are of high conservation importance.   The  two  methods most commonly used to assess and monitor trends   in  abundance  of  cetaceans  are  line  transect  surveys and photo-identification;  these  will be discussed in relation to long-term studies on coastal dolphins in Hong Kong and Bangladesh.  Identification of  critical  habitat  or  hotspots of cetacean occurrence as well as an evaluation  of  the  type, magnitude and strategies for managing threats are  vital for design of protected areas appropriate for managing whales and dolphins.



Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to : tsendi@ibec.unimas.my
Lunch Hour Talk (1-2pm) on 13 April (Tuesday) at TR5, Faculty of Resources Sciences/IBEC Building

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