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IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin

©IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group

Volume 35 Issue 1 (January 2018)

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New Members of OSG

Since the last issue, we have welcomed 4 new members to the OSG: you can read more about them on the Members-Only pages.

Jeffrey Black, USA: I am a Professor at Humboldt State University that hosts a Citizen Science project that tracks river otters in northern California. I also sponsor undergraduate and MS students studying river otter ecology and behavior.

María Camila Latorre Cárdenas, Mexico: My main interest is to understand the relationship between the effect of human activities on the viability of the Neotropical otter populations in Mexico and Colombia. I have evaluated the effect of pollution and fishing activities on the health of populations of otters. Currently my interest is to understand the relationship between landscape configuration and genetic population patterns of otters, in order to identify priority areas for the long-term maintenance of the populations.

David Carss, UK: I am a vertebrate ecologist with a particular interest in predator-prey relationships. Much of my research has focussed on fish-eating predators and their prey. I studied otter (Lutra lutra)
ecology in north-east Scotland for many years, focussing on freshwaters: rivers, streams and lakes.
In broad terms, this research was related to otter habitat use, feeding ecology and - ultimately –
to conservation.

Alessandro Ponzo, Phillippines: A vet by training, I have worked in marine conservation for the last 20 years. I am executive director of the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institution Phillippines. Among our projects, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development has asked us to provide data to support up-listing the Palawan porpulation of Aonyx cinereus to CITES Appendix I.

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