Happy Sea Otter Awareness Week! Today Dr. Brent Hughes, a marine biologist with the University of California at Santa Cruz-Long Marine Lab, talks about sharing his research for a new kids’ book.
Post Six: Brent on his favorite part of starring in a kids’ book
Patricia Newman: What did you like about working on Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem?
Brent Hughes: Other than working with you and your daughter Elise, I really liked the idea of working on a book for a younger audience. In fact, this was a goal of mine and my colleague Lilian Carswell. Lilian works for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and her jobs is to make sure there is a growing and healthy sea otter population.
We had discussed the possibility of writing a book that would reach the next generation, so they are aware of the sea otter story and the challenges they face. We knew we had a good story on the positive effects of sea otters on ecosystems that would likely capture the imagination of young scientists.
When we met you, we approached you with our idea and you took it and produced this fantastic book.
Plus, my kids (Isabela and Sam) think I am really cool now that I am in a book.
Did you miss other posts in the series? Catch up here:
- Post One: Saving Sea Otters: One cool job
- Post Two: Saving Sea Otters: Science tips for kids
- Post Three: Saving Sea Otters: Continued threats
- Post Four: Saving Sea Otters: Environmental heroes
- Post Five: Saving Sea Otters: Sharing a trophic cascade
On Wednesday: How teachers use Sea Otter Heroes in the classroom
If you want more before the next post, visit my Sea Otter Heroes webpage to download a teacher guide.
[Feature photo credit: Elise Montanino]