'Why Do Whales Have Such Big Brains?'

man holding an animal skull
Photo courtesy of Hans Thewissen
Hans Thewissen is the guest speaker for the Nov. 12 Irving-Scholander Memorial Lecture Series.

Date: Nov. 12, 2021
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Location: Murie Auditorium and online

J.G.M. ‘Hans’ Thewissen will give the second lecture in the annual Irving-Scholander Memorial Lecture Series Friday, Nov. 12, from 3-4 p.m. in the Murie Auditorium and online. 

“Why Do Whales Have Such Big Brains?”

Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) have the largest brains on the planet. Thewissen, a professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University, will explain why their brains are so big using evidence found in whale brains and sensory organs, fossils, behaviour; and in records of global temperature change. 

The series is sponsored by UAF’s Institute of Arctic Biology and the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and supported by private donations to the University of Alaska Foundation. For more information, email Lara Horstmann at lara.horstmann@alaska.edu.