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Spying On Whales


Oct 20, 2020 06:43 PM

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Nick Pyenson
Research Geologist and Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals @National Museum of Natural History
Dr. Nick Pyenson is the curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. His expeditions have taken him to every continent studying the evolution and ecology of marine mammals. Along with his collaborators, he has named over a dozen new fossil species, discovered the richest fossil whale graveyard on the planet and described an entirely new sensory organ in living whales. Along with cover articles in the journals Science and Nature, his research has received the highest awards from the Smithsonian. He has also received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House. His popular book “Spying on Whales,” was featured on national television and radio. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, and received his doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley. (Photo: Martha Stewart)