Tinker & Estes Lab and Santa Cruz Field Station

A cooperative unit of United States Geological Survey and University of California, Santa Cruz


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Ben Weitzman, Biological Technician
United States Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center


Benjamin Weitzman has been working with sea otter researchers from US Geological Survey, California Dept. Fish & Game, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and UC Santa Cruz since late 2007, primarily as field biologist assisting with sea otter observation collections, population counts, mortality studies, and captures using boat-based dive techniques.

My research interests focus around nearshore ecology and the influences on community composition and structure. I am currently working on a project investigating the effects of sea otter recolonization on soft sediment communities in Glacier Bay, Alaska; where otters had been absent for over 150 years. I am working on part of a long term study by US Geological Survey seeking to answer some of the questions surrounding the impacts of sea otter recolonization in a soft-sediment community. In addition to work up in Alaska, I participate as a field technician with USGS in Central California.

Here is a link to Ben's USGS profile.


B.S. Marine Biology
University of California, Santa Cruz 2008

M.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Santa Cruz

Ph.D. Student in Marine Biology
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK






Contact Us: USGS Santa Cruz Field Station - 100 Shaffer Road - Center for Ocean Health - Room 251 - Santa Cruz, CA 95060 - 831 459-2357 - werc@ucsc.edu