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Antarctic seals

Montana State University researcher Jay Rotella will speak about his research of Antarctic seals on Jan. 30.

BOZEMAN — A Montana State University ecologist will discuss his insights gained from four decades of research of an Antarctic seal species during a January talk on campus.

Jay Rotella, a professor in the Department of Ecology in MSU’s College of Letters and Science, will deliver “Insights from 40 years of Study on Earth’s Southernmost Mammal: Antarctica’s Weddell Seal” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the Procrastinator Theater.

Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk. The event is free and open to the public as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems’ Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Rotella studies wild animal populations to better understand what makes wildlife numbers and composition change across years and locations. He emphasizes research that informs conservation and management plans for wild animals. Over the course of his career Rotella has worked on projects involving diverse species of birds, fish and mammals in Montana and the surrounding region.

Rotella has been involved with a long-term population study of Antarctica’s Weddell seals since 2002, and his research has resulted in 108 peer-reviewed publications in more than 25 scientific journals and book chapters.

At MSU, Rotella teaches a senior-level course in ornithology and graduate courses on population dynamics and the analysis of population data. He said he is committed to training the next generation of wildlife scientists and managers.

Prior to joining the MSU faculty in 1992, Rotella earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, a master’s degree from Washington State University and a doctorate from the University of Idaho.

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems is a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature. For more information, visit montanaioe.org.

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