Ecology

Sea otter digging promotes eelgrass resilience

We don’t appreciate furry friends disrupting our gardens, but in the ocean, otters may be key for eelgrass ecosystem health.

Paper: Foster, E., Watson, J., Lemay, M. A., Tinker, M. T., Estes, J. A., Piercey, R., Henson, L., Ritland, C., Miscampbell, A., Nichol, L., Hessing-lewis, M., Salomon, A. K., & Darimont, C. T. (2021). Physical disturbance by recovering sea otter populations increases eelgrass genetic diversity. Science, 374(6565), 333–336. DOI: 10.1126/science.abf2343

 

 

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