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Dr. Kim Pause Tucker and her research student/SU Junior Biology major, Kate Krasnodemski, recently had the opportunity to participate in the necropsy of a Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) with Dr. Cindy Driscoll (State Fish & Wildlife Veterinarian) and her team at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  "These opportunities are very special and rare, and we were very fortunate to be able to participate," Dr. Tucker stated, "I have been able to participate in a number of marine mammal necropsies throughout my career, but never a Common dolphin, so this was especially interesting to me."

"The necropsy was amazing because it gave me hands-on experience that put my anatomy skills into practice while assisting with government research on the animal,” Kate Krasnodemski recalled.  Kate has worked in a human tissue bank as well as a scribe in the emergency room, and is very interested in anatomy.  “Learning about anatomy using models in class is nothing compared to experiences like this!"

Agencies from coastal states complete necropsies on marine mammals and sea turtles in an effort to determine cause of death and collect valuable samples for numerous researchers.  For additional information about the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory in Oxford, Maryland, please visit DNR's webpage: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/oxford/stranding.aspx

CALL 1-800-628-9944 TO REPORT STRANDED MARINE MAMMALS & SEA TURTLES (alive or dead). CALL IS FREE FROM ANY MARYLAND PHONE NUMBER AND AVAILABLE 27 HRS-7 DAYS.

Biology and environmental science students recently travelled to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with Drs. Keith Johnson and Kim Tucker as part of a one-credit option course associated with the ENV 307 Marine Biology course. The group toured various places in Ecuador and on the Galapagos Islands, where they observed various ecosystems and observed the wildlife up close. Here are just a few pictures - keep watching this blog to see more as the semester goes on!

The Stevenson University Environmental Science program recently started building its fleet of research vessels. Students and faculty will now be able to conduct marine studies using two new kayaks recently purchased for the program.

Here are some more pictures from the trip that Dr. Mark Norris' ENV 213 Ecology class took to the Conowingo Hydroelectric Plant in Harford County, MD.  They got up close and personal with some of the wildlife in the area, and saw firsthand one way that humans interact with and use their environment.

Dr. Mark Norris took his Fall 2014 ENV 213 Ecology class to the Conowingo Hydroelectric Plant in Harford County, MD.   The students got a fascinating tour of the plant and learned how it operates. They also saw firsthand some of the wildlife that lives in the area of the dam near the Susquehanna River, such as deer and bald eagles. Thanks to Dr. Norris and Chris Zaykoski (BIO '16) for the beautiful pictures!

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