Sea Otter Science Symposium

October 25, 2022 - 9:00 AM
Elakha Alliance

Sea otter mom and pup /photo by Ingrid Taylar
Sea otter mom and pup /photo by Ingrid Taylar

The Elakha Alliance is hosting its one-day 2022 Sea Otter Science Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Symposium is a remote event with seven speakers sharing a breadth of research from around the world. Anyone interested in sea otters, kelp forest ecosystems, marine conservation, and blue carbon is welcome to attend. 

About this year’s theme:

“​​This year, our focus is ‘Think Globally, Act Locally.’ Our hope is that you take away valuable knowledge regarding the protection of our precious ocean ecosystems, no matter where you reside. You can make a difference!”

The agenda is as follows:

  • 9:00 a.m.- KEYNOTE: Dr. Ralph Chami, Co-Founder of Blue Green Future: Natural Capital & Marine Conservation
  • 10:00 a.m.- Dr. Steven Rumrill, Shellfish Program Leader, ODFW: Changes to Rocky Reef Habitat on the Southern Oregon Coast
  • 11:00 a.m.- Dr. Leigh Torres, Oregon State University, GEMM Lab: Importance of Kelp to Gray Whales
  • 12:00 p.m.- Break
  • 1:30 p.m.- Tom Calvanese, Oregon Kelp Alliance Coordinator: Toward Kelp Forest Restoration
  • 2:30p p.m.- Tristin McHugh, Kelp Project Director, The Nature Conservancy: California Kelp Restoration Strategy
  • 3:30 p.m.- Joanna Lyle, Blue Carbon Fellow, The Nature Conservancy | Oregon Sea Grant: Exploring Blue Carbon in Oregon
  • 4:30 p.m.- Dr. Philip Seddon, University of Otago, New Zealand: IUCN Conservation Translocation Considerations

To register for the Symposium, go here.

The Elakha Alliance asks that participants provide a $10 registration fee, but scholarships are available for students and others for whom $10 would be a barrier by emailing Chanel Hason, [email protected].