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Sea Otter Conservation
Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration
2nd Edition - June 1, 2024
Editors: Shawn Larson, James Bodkin, Erin Foster
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Sea Otter Conservation: Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration, Second Edition offers the most updated and revised ecological knowledge for conserving sea otters and their coastal habitats. As sea otters are good indicators of ocean health, they are also keystone species, offering a stabilizing effect on ecosystems, controlling sea urchin populations that can damage kelp forests, and curbing coastal erosion. This book synthesizes the important relationship between sea otters and conservation of themselves as well as vital marine ecosystems. Written by experts in the field, this book contains two sections that focus first on the latest data, practices, and hands-on research for conserving coastal ecosystems.Sections offer links between sea otter presence and increased kelp, seagrass, and geological conservation, while also focusing specifically on the sea otter and providing up-to-date research, data, and case studies regarding their genetics, habitats, and impacts of climate change.
Covers the key scientific, ecological, and management aspects of sea otter recovery, conservation, and associated ecosystem effects
Provides guidance on how to facilitate ecosystem restoration through keystone species conservation in the face of future global changes such as climate change
Highlights the range of effects that keystone species have on coastal marine ecosystems
Researchers and practicing marine biologists, conservationists, and zoologists, Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in marine biology, conservation studies, zoology, and animal sciences
Part I: Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration
2. Kelp-urchin-otter paradigm – direct and indirect effects of sea otter presence
3. Seagrass and estuary community restoration and sea otter interactions
4. Soft sediment community restoration and the role of sea otters
5. Human perspectives of coastal ecosystems
6. Linkages between nearshore and coastal terrestrial ecosystems
7. Coastal marine ecosystem functioning – gains and losses of the fur trade
Part II: Species Conservation
8. The history of sea otter conservation
9. Why space is so important – case studies of Glacier Bay, Southeast Alaska, and the Aleutian chain
10. Nearshore study
11. New genetics research
12. Sea otters and climate change
13. Future reintroductions and restoring nearshore ecosystems
No. of pages: 400
Published: June 1, 2024
Imprint: Academic Press
Hardback ISBN: 9780443188053
eBook ISBN: 9780443188046
Dr. Shawn Larson received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Science, has been the Curator of Conservation Research at the Seattle Aquarium for 22 years, and has been studying shark biology and ecology for 14 years. Dr. Larson has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and abstracts on the biology and ecology of marine animals. Dr. Larson has organized and run international shark conservation workshops for over 12 years and is currently a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Northeast Pacific Shark Specialist Group tasked with defining the conservation status of all shark species in the northeastern Pacific.
Affiliations and expertise
Seattle Aquarium, Seattle, WA, USA
Dr. James Bodkin is a Research Wildlife Biologist Emeritus at the United States Geological Survey based at the Alaska Science Center. His research expertise includes population biology and ecology of marine mammals, population estimation, predator/prey relations, marine conservation, and more. He is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology, American Society of Mammalogy, Society for Marine Mammalogy, and the Wildlife Society.
Affiliations and expertise
United States Geological Survey, USA
Dr. Erin Foster is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Cetacean Research Program at the Pacific Biological Station for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She received her PhD from the University of Victoria, with a dissertation on sea otters and soft-sediment flora and fauna. Her research work includes examining the roles of sea otters in structuring soft sediment communities, altering eelgrass reproductive strategies and genetic diversity, and ancient Indigenous maricultural practices.