Conducting Whale Research with Traditional Whaling Communities
- Russell shares his experiences working with various groups where whaling is part of their sustainable livelihoods and traditions. He also gives helpful advice to other researchers on showing appreciation and respect for traditional values.
Presenter: Russell Fielding, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Russell's research is a comparative study of the cultures and human/environmental interactions of two artisanal whaling nations: one subarctic and one tropical. He focuses on the transfer and application of scientific knowledge from northern to southern contexts and vice versa.
This video is part of the International Polar Year (IPY) Early Career Research Symposium held in Victoria, BC, Canada from 4-8 December 2009. The event was a career development workshop that brought 100 international young Arctic and Antarctic researchers and mentors together for a series of career development training sessions to develop professional skills, work with senior mentors, and develop international and interdisciplinary collaborations.