SEA OTTERS AND COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS: USING MODELS TO EXAMINE TRADE-OFFS AND MANAGEMENT ALTERNATIVES
with Edward Gregr
Thursday, April 12 @ 7:30 pm
Ecolodge Classroom at the Tofino Botanical Gardens
$5 at the door
Sea otters continue to recolonize coastal British Columbia at the expense of invertebrate fisheries and coastal communities. What are the trade-offs between ecosystems with and without sea otters? How can we estimate them? This interdisciplinary talk will introduce the models available to answer such questions, and evaluate various aspects of the changing coastal ecosystem, including how these changes impact the benefits people obtain from coastal waters. The potential for local sea otter management to increase both the abundance of coastal resources, and their accessibility to local communities, will also be discussed.
Edward Gregr is a Ph.D. Candidate in Resource Management & Environmental Studies (RMES) at the University of British Columbia. As part of a large, multi-disciplinary study (Coastal Ecosystem Services amongst Trophic Cascades) to investigate the changing ecosystem on the west coast of Vancouver Island (WCVI) in British Columbia, Canada, his work focuses on the development of spatially explicit models of representative ecosystem services, and how they are influenced by various management scenarios.
Photo credit: Christine Roper