Disease plays a large role in the decline in wildlife, and figuring out exactly what ails a wild animal is a challenge—especially when they live underwater. Marine wildlife veterinarian Dr. Lesanna Lahner will share what it means to be a veterinarian that focuses on sea creatures and how her team and their collaborators work together to solve the mysteries of declining species. As the Executive Director and Veterinarian for SR3 Sealife Response, Rehabilitation and Research, Dr. Lahner’s passion and practice is to promote conservation and improve ecosystem and community helath through exceptional veterinary medical care and scientific research. Currently, Dr. Lahner is involved in a variety of clinical and population based conservation research projects, including research on Sea Star Wasting Disease, sea otter anesthesia and medicine, and marine mammal disentanglement efforts.
About the speaker:
Dr. Lesanna Lahner is a wildlife veterinarian that specializes in sea life and the Executive Director of SR³ — Sealife Response, Rehabilitation & Research. In addition to her role with SR3, Dr. Lahner serves as the veterinarian for Sarvey Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. She is also an Affiliate Professor with the University of Washington, Center for One Health Research. Dr. Lahner previously worked for the Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago, IL), the Seattle Aquarium (Seattle, WA), and the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (Madison, WI). Dr. Lahner works closely with agencies that oversee stranded or injured marine mammals and sea turtles in Washington and Oregon including NOAA and USFWS.
Doors open: 6:40 p.m.
Location: PACCAR Theater
Cost: $5 general admission; free for Members