"Conserving the Otters of the World"

Melissa Savage
Four Corners Institute

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6 - 7:30 PM

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Education Annex
123 Grant Avenue, Santa Fe

Aerial View of Annex Location

Otters are top carnivores in river ecosystems and wetlands throughout the world. There are 13 species worldwide, in almost every habitat, from Alaska and Siberia to the Amazon and Congo basins. In places where their populations have declined, because of hunting or pollution, those aquatic ecosystems have become unbalanced and unhealthy. Top carnivores maintain ecosystem stability by regulating food chains, maintaining trophic cascades. The case of the fall and rise of sea otters off the coast of California illustrates the role of otters as a keystone species. But otters are resilient animals, and where they have been restored, they thrive. We will discuss three successful otter restoration projects: the sea otter, the North American otter and the giant otter of the Amazon.

Admission is Free. Youth (ages 13-19) seating a priority. Light refreshments will be served.

Melissa is a retired professor of ecology from UCLA and Director of the Santa Fe nonprofit Four Corners Institute. She is an officer of the Otter Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and a partner in the Himalayan Otter Network. She worked with conservation partners to restore otters to their native habitat in the Rio Grande River in New Mexico, and recently completed the first survey for otters in the Himalayan country of Bhutan.

The Cafés are sponsored by the Santa Fe Alliance for Science, the Santa Fe Public Schools, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Fractal Foundation and the Santa Fe Institute.

If you'd like more information, please call the phone number given above or send an email.


Fall 2013 Science Café Series

The Cafés will be held in the O'Keeffe Education Annex, 123 Grant Avenue, Santa Fe, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Seating preference will be given to "young thinkers" (ages 13-19).

  • Wednesday, September 11. "A Year in the Life of the Curiosity Mars Rover." (Nina Lanza, Los Alamos National Laboratory).

    Come learn about what the Rover has taught us about Mars since its launch in November, 2011.

  • Tuesday, October 22. "Imaging the Brain's Pathways to Addiction" (Joanna Fowler, Brookhaven National Laboratory).

    Come learn how imaging technology using PET scanning (Positron Emission Tomography) has led to astonishing insights into how the brain responds to addictive substances such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

  • Tuesday, November 12. "Why Wolves?" (David Parsons, Rewilding Institute, Albuquerque).

    Wolves are an essential component of a healthy, stable ecological environment. Come learn what is being done in New Mexico and elsewhere to ensure the survival of this magnificent species.

http://youtu.be/UTQc-2lzVAU

Spring 2014 Science Café Series

  • Thursday, January 23. "Bionic Hearing: The Science and the Experience" (Ian Shipsey, Purdue University)

  • Wednesday, February 26. "Discovering the Atomic Structure of the World Around Us" (Katharine Page, Los Alamos National Laboratory)

  • Wednesday, April 30. "Saving Otters from Extinction: A World-Wide Campaign." (Melissa Savage, Four Corners Institute, Santa Fe)


Videos, KSFR Radio Café Interviews with Mary Charlotte and other information about earlier Science Cafés. Click on a title to find the associated abstract.

  1. "Discovering the Atomic Structure of the World Around Us"
    (Katharine Page, 2/26/14)
    Café Video (52 Minutes)
    Radio Café is not available

  2. "Bionic Hearing: The Science and the Experience"
    (Ian Shipsey, 1/23/14)
    Café Video (77 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  3. "Why Wolves?"
    (David Parsons, 11/12/13)
    Café Video (55 Minutes)
    Radio Café is not available

  4. "Imaging the Brain's Pathways to Addiction"
    (Joanna Fowler, 10/22/13)
    Café Video (44 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  5. "A Year In The Life of the Curiosity Mars Rover"
    (Nina Lanza, 9/11/13)
    Café Video (52 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  6. "Complexity Science: A Guided Tour"
    (Melanie Mitchell, 5/1/13)
    Café Video (56 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  7. "Heads Up! Protecting the Earth From Large Asteroid Impacts"
    (Cathy Plesko, 2/27/13)
    Café Video (53 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Cafe Interview

  8. "What Is Light? What Are Radio Waves?"
    (Bruce Sherwood, 1/16/13)
    Café Video (69 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

    Additional material discussed at the Café: Brain cancer incidence trends in relation to cellular telephone use in the United States, Peter D. Inskip, Robert N. Hoover, and Susan S. Devesa, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Neuro-Oncology 12(11):1147-1151, 2010.

  9. "Recreating the Past in a Computer: The Artificial Anasazi"
    (George Gumerman, 11/7/12)
    Café Video (48 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  10. "Fracking: The Monster in Our Backyard"
    (Larry Kilham, 10/10/12.
    Café Video (52 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  11. "Eat and Be Eaten: The Science of Food Webs"
    (Jennifer Dunne, 9/5/12)
    Café Video (59 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  12. "A Glimpse Into the Weird World of Quantum Physics"
    (Bob Heffner, 4/19/12)
    Café Video (68 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  13. "Renewable Energy: Store It or Lose It!"
    (Albert Migliori, 2/16/12)
    Café Video (48 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  14. "Blind Spot: The Hidden Biases of Good People"
    (Mahzarin Banaji, 1/12/12).
    Video is not available
    Radio Café is not available

  15. "What Is Clean Coal and Why Do We Need It?"
    (Graydon Anderson, 11/17/11)
    Café Video (68 Minutes)
    Radio Café is not available

  16. "Warming Up A Cool Planet"
    (Eileen Everett, 10/20/11)
    Café Video (63 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  17. "Einstein's Relativity for Students of All Ages"
    (Bob Eisenstein, 9/15/11)
    Café Video (56 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  18. "The Physics of Baseball"
    (Alan Nathan, 4/13/11)
    Café Video (77 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  19. "Food Security for Emerging Countries"
    (James Burleigh, 2/24/11)
    Café Video (58 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  20. "Ready, Set, Attack - How Your Body Fights Infection"
    (Lora Grainger, 1/26/11)
    Café Video (68 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  21. "Visualizing Flesh and Bone: Bringing Our Human Ancestors to Life"
    (Anne Weaver & Matt Celesky, 11/10/10)
    Café Video (58 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  22. "The Birth of Black Holes in the Universe"
    (Ed Fenimore, 10/13/10)
    Café Video (67 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  23. "Radiography: How to Look Inside Explosions, Detect Nuclear Contraband and See Through Opaque Objects"
    (Chris Morris, 9/15/10)
    Café Video (71 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  24. "Climate Change: Can Knowledge of the Past Reflect on the Future?"
    (Eric Blinman, 4/14/10)
    Café Video (58 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  25. "Burritos to Biofuels"
    (Randy Grissom, James Bingham, Xander Pertusini 3/29/10)
    Café Video (67 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  26. "Mysteries of the Great Pyramids Revealed"
    (Michel Barsoum, 1/27/10)
    Café Video (67 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  27. "How to Show Your Parents That E=mc2"
    (Gerry Garvey, 12/16/09)
    Café Video (50 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  28. "High and Dry at the South Pole"
    (Karolyn Eisenstein, 11/12/09)
    Café Video (78 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  29. "H1N1 (Swine Flu) and YOU"
    (Karen Armitage, 10/19/09)
    Café Video (46 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  30. "Water, Our Precious Resource"
    (Laurie Trevizo, 9/23/09)
    Café Video (43 Minutes)
    Radio Café interview is not available

  31. "Nature's Architectural Design of Materials"
    (Jennifer Martinez, 4/22/09)
    Café Video (51 Minutes)
    Radio Café interview is not available

  32. "Adventures with Audubon"
    (Brian "Fox" Ellis, 4/6/09)
    Video is not available
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  33. "Edible Food for a Sustainable Lifestyle"
    (Deborah Madison, 3/10/09)
    Café Video (58 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  34. "Camouflage in Nature's Underwater Realm"
    (George Rubottom, 1/21/09)
    Video is not available
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  35. "A Day in the Life of a Veterinarian"
    (Murt Byrne, 12/10/08)
    Café Video (90 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  36. "Charles Darwin and His Revolutionary Idea"
    (Brian "Fox" Ellis, 11/18/08)
    Video is not available
    Radio Café interview is not available

  37. "We're Missing Most of the Universe!"
    (Tom Bowles, 10/20/08)
    Café Video (62 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  38. "Autopsy/Investigation 101 and the CSI Effect"
    (Tim Stepetic, 9/10/08)
    Café Video (79 Minutes)
    Radio Café interview is not available

  39. "Using Computer Games to Simulate Complex Real-World Problems"
    (Stephen Guerin, 4/21/08)
    Café Video (78 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  40. "Exploring Complex Systems Through Games and Computer Models"
    (Irene Lee, 3/17/08)
    Café Video (100 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  41. "Zooming to Infinity - A Fractal Adventure"
    (Jonathan Wolfe, 1/28/08)
    Café Video (100 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  42. "The Complexity, Simplicity, and Unity of Life: From Cells to Cities"
    (Geoffrey West, 11/12/07)
    Café Video (76 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  43. "Making A Vaccine Against A Moving Target: HIV And Its Diversity"
    (Bette Korber, 10/16/07)
    Café Video (75 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  44. "The Climate-Energy Challenge"
    (Dan Schrag, 9/10/07)
    Café Video (74 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  45. "New Mexico's Solar Energy Future"
    (Ben Luce, 5/10/07)
    Café Video (90 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  46. "Envisioning Science"
    (Felice Frankel, 2/8/07)
    Video is not available
    Radio Café interview is not available

  47. "Predicting Natural Disasters"
    (John Rundle, 11/16/06)
    Video is not available.
    Radio Café interview is not available