Our volunteer citizen scientists Ron Eby and Robert Scoles were featured in the local newspapers recently for their contributions to otter research here at the Elkhorn Slough.
Sleepy sea otters piling onto pads of pickleweed in Elkhorn Slough are causing quite a stir.
A partnership between local researchers and dedicated citizen scientists is researching Elkhorn Slough’s rebounding sea otter populations and the strange behavior that might have brought them there. The results of this years-long study, published in the journal Ecology, highlight the power of citizen science.
The research mentioned in the article is authored by Elkhorn Slough Reserve volunteers and citizen scientists Ron Eby and Robert Scoles with assistance from Research Coordinator Kerstin Wasson and UC Santa Cruz Researcher Brent Hughes.