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PCC Fall 2013 Faculty Speakers’ Series Nov. 5 Highlights Baja’s Whales, Dolphins, Sea Lions and More

November 5, 2013

Tucson, AZ – Join Pima Community College’s biology instructor, Kathryn “Katie” Iverson, Tuesday, Nov. 5, as she discusses the whales, dolphins and other wildlife of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. 

The Speakers’ Series, now in its third year, is designed to “showcase the expertise and accomplishments of College faculty with the College community and members of the community at large,” said Dr. Jerry Migler, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, who is sponsoring the series along with PCC’s Faculty Senate. 

Iverson has been photographing marine mammals for two decades. During her presentation, “Whales of Baja,” Iverson will show slides of blue and finback whales, bottlenose dolphins, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and gray whale calves.

Iverson has been a faculty member in Pima’s Biology Department for 12 years. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from California State University, Fullerton.  

Iverson and her husband studied bottlenose dolphins in Puerto Peñasco, Son., Mexico for 10 years.  They have dived with humpback whales, kayaked with orcas, and sighted blue whales and gray whales around the perimeters of Baja California.

The couple’s recent endeavors include leading groups of sightseers to the peninsula to observe cetaceans and other marine wildlife.

All lectures are free and will be held at 6 p.m., in the Community Board Room (Building C) of the PCC District Office, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd.  Light refreshments will be available.

The final presentation in the 2013 Speakers’ Series will be held on December 3.  Dr. Silvia Kolchens, a member of PCC’s chemistry faculty, will talk about the effects of climate change in the subarctic and overall global change.

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850