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Rotary Melb Evening Meeting - 8th Dec

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Weekly Club Meeting - Wed, 10th November (Evening Meeting)

Guest Speaker Dr Kate Robb, Founder, Marine Mammal Foundation

Time 17.50 for 18.00-19.00

Venue Online only via ZOOM

Dr Kate Robb, Founder, Marine Mammal Foundation

Dr Kate Robb is the Founding Director and Head of Research at the Marine Mammal Foundation. With over 17 years experience researching dolphins across southern Australia, Kate achieved a Bachelor of Science (Hons) with a double major in Freshwater and Marine Ecology and Zoology and a Doctor of Philosophy (Genetics). Her research led to the formal description and naming of a new Australian species of dolphin, the Burrunan dolphin, Tursiops australis. Kate is the former President of the Australian Marine Sciences Associations – Victorian branch, a Naturalist for expeditions to Antarctica, and an Honorary Fellow at Deakin, Curtin & Monash University.

As Head of Research at MMF, Kate has instigated and supervised numerous applied marine mammal research projects covering robust population modelling, population genetics and phylogenomics, geospatial mapping, social structure and alliance, acoustics and toxicology. Kate has numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications aimed at informing positive conservation and management outcomes of marine mammals. Kate has been involved with major media coverage from international agencies such as BBCs History Channel, National Geographic, BBC The World, NBC USA; Australian agencies such as The Age, The Australian, Herald-Sun, major TV news networks; children’s shows such as Totally Wild and SCOPE. A highlight of Kate’s career was personally meeting Sir David Attenborough in 2013.

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