NHA presents “South Pacific Whale Tales: A Perspective of Whales, Then and Now” with Nan Daeschler Hauser

Nan Daeschler Hauser photoNANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to present a special lecture entitled “South Pacific Whale Tales: A Perspective of Whales, Then and Now” with world-renowned ocean conservationist Nan Daeschler Hauser on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 6 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

Hauser will highlight a variety of topics including the history of South Pacific whaling across Oceania, the similarities between Nantucket and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, why whales are important to the health of the ocean, and more.

“Having the chance to speak with the Nantucket community about whales and whale conservation is an exciting opportunity for me,” says Nan Daeschler Hauser. “As a New Englander with roots stretching back to some of the “Petticoat” whalers, it is a unique honor to be able to add my stories to the Nantucket whale narrative. I hope to share my knowledge, passion, and science of these amazing creatures, and inspire others to feel the same way.”

Nan Daeschler Hauser has been the President and Director of the Center for Cetacean Research & Conservation (CCRC) since 1991. Her home base is in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, where she is the Principal Investigator for the Cook Islands Whale Research Project and Director of the Cook Islands Whale & Wildlife Centre, which she built in 2000. The Cook Islands have led the way in whale conservation by claiming a 2 million square kilometer whale sanctuary in the islands’ exclusive economic zone – an achievement in which Hauser played a key role.

For almost a decade she was involved with the Ocean Alliance’s cetacean research expeditions aboard the R/V Odyssey. As Founder and Director of the New England Dolphin Outreach Project she has taught on a global level for the Dolphin Research Center, Whale Conservation Institute, and many other non-profit organizations. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Ajubatus Foundation in South Africa, Te Ara Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise, and Cet Law in the U.S.

Hauser serves as an Ambassador for the German Ocean Foundation in Hamburg and Sustainable Seas Trust in South Africa. She is a Trustee and Business Development Manager for “Save Our Oceans Charitable Trust” in Rarotonga and on the Executive Committee of the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium. Hauser is also a “Woman in Science” at the Smithsonian Institute. Her other field research includes a study site in the Bahamas investigating beaked whales, dolphins, and other cetaceans. Hauser and her team captured the first ever, underwater footage of a rare beaked whale, Mesoplodon densirostris.

Hauser’s research has been featured in numerous documentaries that have appeared on National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Smithsonian Channel, ARTE, Munwha Broadcasting, and BBC. She is currently involved in two films, a television documentary, a National Geographic article, and is writing a book while continuing her research. She has authored and co-authored over fifty scientific publications. Currently, Hauser is affiliated with Auckland University, New Zealand where she is an adjunct professor. She is also a registered nurse teaching and practicing medicine on Rarotonga and the outer islands.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Nan Daeschler Hauser to the Whaling Museum for this special evening lecture,” says Brianne Roth, NHA Public Programs Coordinator. “Her experiences and stories of researching endangered whales will provide unique insights into remote parts of the globe as well as these majestic animals.”

Admission for this program is $10 per person for the lecture, and $50 per person for the lecture and a short reception afterwards. Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended at www.nha.org/tickets.

Doors open at 5:30 P.M., with the program beginning promptly at 6 P.M.

For more information, visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.

Event Information:

“South Pacific Whale Tales: A Perspective of Whales, Then and Now”
with Nan Daeschler Hauser
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
$10/person for lecture
$50/person for lecture and reception
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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