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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
Parasitic Diseases of Stranded Marine Mammals

with Murray Dailey

Monday, April 16, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
$5 donation requested

Parasitic diseases are one of the most prevalent causes for the stranding of marine mammals throughout the world. In California, sea lions, seals, dolphins, whales and otters are afflicted by these organisms through a variety of means. This presentation will look at the biology of the parasites, the diseases they cause in marine mammals, man's role in their transmission and how they contribute to strandings along our coast.

stranded pilot whales harbor seal

More about Murray. . . .

Murray Dailey

Murray Dailey was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota and grew up in Storm Lake, Iowa. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force, then attended the University of Nevada where he earned a B.S. degree in Zoology. He then attended graduate school at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, receiving an M.S. in Parasitology and Epidemiology. He then continued his education with a Ph.D. degree in Parasitology from Colorado State University, with a dissertatiion on hookworm disease in northern fur seals on the Pribiloff Islands off the coast of Alaska.

After completing his Ph.D. he accepted an academic position with the California State University at Long Beach where he specialized in teaching and research on parasitic diseases of marine mammals. During his tenure at Long Beach he also served as Director of the Ocean Studies Institute, a consortium of six state universities in southern California. Upon retirement he spent time as director of The School for Field Studies in the Caribbean, as well as 8 years as research parasitologist for The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, before moving to The Sea Ranch in 2006.

A $5 donation is requested.

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