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Swimming sentinels : climate clues from stranded marine mammals

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dc.contributor.advisor Thomas Levenson. en_US Geib, Claudia M. (Claudia Marjorie) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US 2017-01-30T19:16:34Z 2017-01-30T19:16:34Z 2016 en_US 2016 en_US
dc.description Thesis: S.M. in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2016. en_US
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dc.description.abstract From skinny sea lions on beaches in California, to hundreds of enormous dead whales in the fjords of Chile, scientists have been recently puzzled by a spate of dead and dying marine mammals. These events are so complicated- influenced by disease, biotoxins, ecosystem changes, and human interaction-that their cause can appear impossible to untangle. Yet a growing body of evidence strongly suggests that climate change has a hand in them all. This thesis examines marine mammal stranding events of the past and present to show how climate change will, and already has, impacted marine mammals, and how these events could serve as proxies for broader ecosystem changes in the years to come. By paying attention to whales and dolphins, seals and sea otters, we may be able to learn something about our planet, and how its changes will impact its most abundant mammal: us. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Claudia M. Geib. en_US
dc.format.extent 18 pages en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights MIT theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed, downloaded, or printed from this source but further reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. en_US
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dc.subject Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.title Swimming sentinels : climate clues from stranded marine mammals en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. in Science Writing en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 969446822 en_US

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