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IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin
New Members of OSG
Since the last issue, we have welcomed 6 new members to the OSG: you can read more about them on the Members-Only pages.
Kelsey Baird, USA: I am interested in the human dimensions of conservation, such as the attitude of sport anglers towards otters and other piscivorous predators, and what informs and influences their views.
Kristin Brzeski, Equatorial Guinea: am a conservation biologist using genomic methods to evaluate range expansion, toxin exposure, and genetic diversity in wildlife communities. With the Biodiversity Initiative in Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa, we are working to clarify the distribution and status of Aonyx congicus otters in Equatorial Guinea, developing and evaluating monitoring methods (i.e. non-invasive genetics), and adding to basic research on little know otter species.
Thabang Madisha, South Africa: I am enthusiastic about otters, and have been working for a number of years on genetic aspects of otters, especially for elucidating population structure, such as species differentiation from spraint with South African otters, and population structure, genetic diversity and demographic history of otters in Hungary.
Sharne McMilan, China: I am currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Hong Kong studying the 'Ecology and conservation of Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) in Hong Kong'. This study aims to establish the baseline status of the otter population in Hong Kong including number of individuals, sex ratio, genetic diversity, distribution and home/activity ranges by spraint survey, faecal DNA analysis, and camera trapping. The study findings would also inform our understanding of potential threats and habitat requirements, as well as the approach for future monitoring.
Mohan Bikram Shrestha, Nepal: I am a Conservation Officer with Wildlife Conservation Nepal and a charter member of the Nepal Otter Network. My work focuses on the illegal trade in wildlife, notably otters, in Nepal.
Grazielle Soresini, Brazil: I’m a vet and PhD Student in Ecology and Conservation, working with health assessment of giant otters in the Southern Pantanal, Brazil. I’m interested in the wildlife conservation of this fascinating animal. Jamwal_et_al_2016.html
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