Glasgow Science Festival: Whales, Seals & Dolphins – Oh My!

One month today, we’ll be taking over the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum with a plethora of hands-on activities. Among the scientists getting involved is dolphin communication expert Jason Bruck. He stopped for a chat with the blog…


1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Jason Bruck and I am a dolphin communication and intelligence researcher at the University of St. Andrews, Scottish Oceans Institute.

2. What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

At the Scottish Oceans Institute, we have developed a new and exciting way for people of all ages to see how we learn about dolphin minds and how we study what these amazing animals ‘talk’ about.

3. Why should we come to your event?

For anyone interested in marine science or whales and dolphins this is the perfect opportunity to get a real sense of the methods used to understand the behaviour of these fascinating animals. You might even get the chance to produce and see real dolphin sounds using state of the art technology.

4. This year’s festival theme is ‘Glasgow Explores’. Where would you like to explore?

I love to explore the minds of non-human animals. Understanding and charting the behaviour and intelligence of our animal cousins tells us about our own evolutionary journey and might provide insight into how we got where we are.

5. What’s the best thing about being a scientist or engineer?

When a scientist analyses data (s)he is the first person in the world to know a fact. Being the first person in the world to know something is really the best part of this job, because in that way you get to be an explorer seeing an aspect of the world no one else has ever seen before.

Join Jason on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June for Glasgow Explores @ Kelvingrove. For full details and times, visit our website.


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