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September 25, 2012
Leslie  Gordon 650-329-4000

Media Advisory: Sea Otters Help to Solve Pacific Nearshore Ecosystem Mysteries

Free USGS Public Lecture September 27

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — During the last week of September, Sea Otter Awareness Week focuses public attention on sea otters, while serving to promote various conservation programs and research activities.  These research activities include studies of nearshore marine ecosystems that are facing unprecedented challenges, both regionally and globally, with environmental threats coming from adjacent land areas and oceans. On September 27th the U.S. Geological Survey will have a lecture featuring USGS research wildlife biologist James Bodkin, talking about how sea otters are helping scientists in studies of ocean vitality – from kelp forests to fisheries.


James Bodkin, USGS Research Wildlife Biologist


Pacific Nearshore Ecosystem Mysteries:  Hear how scientists are studying nearshore ecosystems for clues about processes influencing sea otters and affecting the nearshore environment


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Noon —Lecture preview for USGS employees and press

7 p.m.—Public lecture (live-streamed)


U.S. Geological Survey

Building 3 Auditorium, second floor

345 Middlefield Road

Menlo Park, CA 94025

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