robert wayne in ucla newsroom: sea otters have low genetic diversity like endangered species, biologists report

Robert Wayne in UCLA Newsroom: Sea otters have low genetic diversity like endangered species, biologists report

UCLA professor Robert Wayne was on a team of life scientists to discover sea otters have low genetic diversity, which could endanger their health as a species.

“Sea otters may be at risk,” said co-senior author Robert Wayne, a UCLA distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor. “This is a warning sign, a red flag. We should make sure to not let their population decline again.”