Recovery of Sea Otters in the Northeast Pacific: New Insights and Surprises from Soft-Bottom Ecosystems

Brent Hughes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Sonoma State University

Sea otters are a model species for investigating how the recovery of a top marine predator impacts ocean ecosystems. As sea otters expand into new regions and habitats, such as saltmarsh ecosystems, they are unraveling secrets previously unknown to science. This presents an unprecedented learning opportunity, providing much needed knowledge and tools for resource managers.

Join Brent to learn more about sea otter ecological roles in seagrass beds and how collaborative research ties to the conservation of sea otters in the Northeast Pacific.


Register in advance for the online Science Sunday webinar (required).  Please register at least one hour prior to event start time. Registration closes at 12:30 PM PDT on Sunday, September 19, 2021.


Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them. Join us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist, who presents current research and topics in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion.

-Time: 1:30 PM; lectures are one hour long and include time for a few questions at the end.

-Location: Online; webinar preregistration is required.

-Recommended for ages 10 and older.

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Sunday, September 19 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

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