Sea Otter Research


Joe Tomoleoni is a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Ecological Research Center and has been studying sea otters and nearshore marine ecosystems for the past decade. 

His presentation is titled, “Sea Otter Research: Methods & Behavioral Ecology.” Sea otters have much to tell us about our coastal oceans. By conducting research on sea otters, scientists are able to answer important biological questions about how sea otters survive in an unforgiving marine environment. Carefully designed studies also reveal the incredible impacts that sea otters have has "keystone predators" in nearshore ecosystems like kelp forests and estuaries. This talk will discuss some of our research methodologies, sea otter foraging behavior, and will show some real-world examples of how sea otters play an important and critical role in nearshore ecosystems. Some of the major threats facing southern sea otters will also be presented. 

 Join us at 6:30 at the Crazy Horse Restaurant at the Bay Park Hotel on Munras in Monterey. Better yet,

come at 6:00 and enjoy dinner with us. Crazy Horse has a great salad bar, or order off the menu!

Last Updated (Sunday, 25 February 2018 23:07)