‘Science for the Greater Good’ Series Features Talk by Alumnus Martin Nweeia ’77

Trinity College Welcomes Marine Mammal Biologist and Narwhal Tusk Researcher

​Hartford, Connecticut, November 9, 2016 –

WHAT: Trinity alumnus Dr. Martin Nweeia ’77, a dentist and marine mammal biologist with a focus on narwhal tusk research, will give a lecture as part of the “Science for the Greater Good” speaker series at Trinity College. The Trinity community and the public are welcome to attend the free event.

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

WHERE: Washington Room, Mather Hall, 2nd floor


Dr. Martin Nweeia is a dentist, marine mammal biologist and National Geographic Explorer who specializes in the field of narwhal tusk research. Nweeia graduated from Trinity College in 1977 with majors in biology and English. When he was in dental school, he applied for a fellowship at the Smithsonian in anthropology, which served as his introduction to exploration and anthropology. His current interest in the narwhal developed after presenting talks on dental anthropology. He became interested in functional morphology, which led him to the question in marine biology of, “What on Earth is this marine mammal doing with this mythical tusk?”

Science for the Greater Good: Trinity’s Interdisciplinary Science Center, along with partners in Advancement and Career Development, began and sponsors the Science for the Greater Good lecture series. The series aims to bring prominent Trinity science alumni back to campus to talk about their work and to mentor students.