The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at MSU is partnering with the Belgrade Community Library to host a presentation on “Insights from 40 Years of Study on Earth’s Southernmost Mammal: Antarctica’s Weddell Seal” at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16 at the library. This event is free and open to the public.
Jay Rotella, a professor in the Department of Ecology at Montana State University, will provide an overview of the life of Earth’s southernmost mammal, the Weddell seal, which lives year-round in Antarctica. He will describe how the population has fared over the past 40 years and discuss prospects for the population in the years ahead.
Jay Rotella teaches in the Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management Program at Montana State University. His work focuses on animal population ecology, modeling and estimation of population parameters, and the effects of abiotic and biotic factors on population dynamics. His research includes both basic and applied topics that range from the management of wild populations to life-history evolution. At MSU, he teaches a senior-level course in ornithology and graduate courses on population dynamics and the analysis of population data.
Seating is limited at Belgrade Community Library events, and advance registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, please visit the OLLI at MSU website at www.montana.edu/olli/.
The Belgrade Community Library Foundation and First Interstate Bank sponsor these collaborative free community programs.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at MSU is a program of Academic Technology and Outreach (ATO) at Montana State University. ATO works across MSU to support and advance our land-grant mission through unique and innovative opportunities for outreach and engagement.