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Sanctuary hires Dr. Marc Lammers as research coordinator

August 3, 2017
Lahaina News

KIHEI - The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary announced that Dr. Marc Lammers is its new research coordinator. He will join the sanctuary team at their offices in Kihei.

There are three main focal points for all national marine sanctuary sites: education, resource protection and research.

Dr. Lammers' expertise will help the sanctuary identify and implement necessary humpback whale research. According to the sanctuary, it is critical to understand humpback whales' complex biology and social structures in order to protect them.

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For the past ten years, Dr. Marc Lammers has been an associate research professor with the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, where he has been a teacher/mentor to undergraduate and graduate students. He is also the co-founder and president of Oceanwide Science Institute.

Lammers received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has studied marine mammal behavior and ecology for the past 22 years and is specialized in marine bioacoustics.

He has previously worked as a principal investigator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program and has also served on the Sanctuary Advisory Council as the research seat.

Dr. Lammers has authored more than 60 scientific papers and book chapters to date and has co-edited the book "Listening in the Ocean." He is an active collaborator with many researchers in Hawaii and around the world, and he sits on a number of professional working groups.

The sanctuary was established by Congress in 1992. The sanctuary, which is co-managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, was designated to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawaii.



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