April 5, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) “Green Living Seminar Series” will conclude this spring on Thursday, April 12, with a presentation on “Studying Whales Using Drones: The Ocean Alliance’s Snotbot,” presented by Iain Kerr, chief executive officer of Ocean Alliance, in Gloucester.
This final “Green Living” seminar of the semester will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, on the MCLA campus. It is free and open to the public.
The theme of this 11-part series is “Sustainability and the Role of Technology,” which focuses on ways that technology can improve how we manage our food, energy, and water systems, and also how we conserve natural resources.
Kerr leads Ocean Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, with biologist Roger Payne, who founded the organization in 1971. Ocean Alliance collects a broad spectrum of data on whales and ocean life that relate particularly to toxicology, behavior, bioacoustics, and genetics.
With that data, Ocean Alliance works with their scientific partners to advise educators and policy makers on wise stewardship of the oceans to: reduce pollution, prevent the collapse of marine mammal populations, maintain human access to fish and other sea life, and promote ocean and human health.
Ocean Alliance is concerned with the conservation of whales and all sea life, as well as human impacts on the marine environment. Through its “Voyage of the Odyssey” program, the organization focuses on measuring the concentrations of synthetic contaminants that adversely affect the world’s oceans and its marine species.
Every semester, MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts. The seminars are organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2018 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.
For more information, go to or contact associate professor Dr. Elena Traister, chair of MCLA’s Department of Environmental Studies, at (413) 662-5303.

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