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IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin

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Volume 34 Issue 2 (October 2017)

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New Members of OSG

Since the last issue, we have welcomed 5 new members to the OSG: you can read more about them on the Members-Only pages.

Joanna Alfaro-Shigueto, Peru: In 1995, with colleague biologists, veterinarians and conservationists, we co-founded the non-profit group Pro Delphinus, a research organization that focused on marine conservation and small-scale fisheries, with a strong environmental education focus. In 2002, I was appointed as the Pro Delphinus President, extending the organization’s work to other marine species including marine otters, seabirds and sharks

Lalita Gomez, Malaysia: I'm currently a programme officer with TRAFFIC based in Southeast Asia, looking at the illegal trade of wildlife in the SEA region. One of the species I focus on are otters, particularly the four Asian otter species. I first started working on otters in 2015 on a joint project between TRAFFIC and the IUCN OSG analysing otter seizure data in Asia between 1980 and 2015. The main aim of this project was to get a better understanding on what was driving trade of the four species found in Asia i.e. Small-clawed, Smooth-coated, Eurasian and Hairy-nosed otters.

Jeffrey Mangerl, Peru: I am a conservation biologist working at the Peruvian non-governmental organization ProDelphinus. I have been conducting research on the marine otter (Lontra felina) in Peru since 2003. This work has centered around understanding their distribution, activity patterns, foraging, and the threats they face related to human interactions (eg. habitat disturbance, fishery interactions, disease transfer).

Damián Pardo, Colombia: I am working on the genetic diversity of the neotropical river otter in Colombia, to contrast the population structure of this species in Colombia with that in Brazil and Mexico, to help with conservation strategies. I am co-found and senior researcher of the Otters Up Conservation Project in the Palmari Nature Reserve between Brazil, Colombia and Peru, implementing an adaptive management strategy for the sustainable use of aquatic resources to allow local communities to protect and conserve giant and neotropical river otters in the area.

Megan Stolen, USA: I have recently started work on a project in central Florida collecting data from road-kill otters, and also sightings information via a citizen Science "Otter Spotter" online form. I also give talks to increase awareness of otter biology and conservation.

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