The next Davis Science Café will feature U.S. Geological Survey geneticist Liz Bowen, who will explain what sea otters can tell us about marine ecosystem health.

Sea otters may just seem like cute and fluffy animals, but their bodies offer clues to the condition of coastal waters—the same waters that humans use, play, and work in. Bowen, a USGS researcher based on the UC Davis campus, will explain how RNA in blood and tissue samples collected from wild sea otters can serve as indicators of environmental change.

The café will start at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12th. Look for us at City Hall Tavern inside Bistro 33, at 226 F Street in Davis.

You can listen to a preview of tonight’s café conversation in this clip from Insight with Beth Ruyak on Capital Public Radio:

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Field research videos mentioned in Dr. Bowen’s café conversation:



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