Being a Wildlife Vet, Cheryl's First Whale (Cheryl Ross)

Video Shot in: 2009

Dr. Cheryl Rosa, formerly Deputy Director and Anchorage-based Alaska Director of the United States Arctic Research Commission (USARC), discusses her experience of going on her first whale expedition. She describes the challenges of working in a harsh environment with little shelter, and the need to ensure that sufficient data is collected prior to any development in the area, so that changes in animal populations can be tracked and understood. She discusses her work with bowheads, caribou, seals, and walrus, and the importance of collecting and archiving samples for future use. She also demonstrates a double-headed microscope that she uses for her work, which allows her to take pictures of slides and make measurements and color analyses.