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Cardiomyopathy is an important cause of death among prime-age southern sea otters. This disease has significant impacts on the health of a species struggling to recover and expand its range. Researchers will use data from intensively monitored sea otters to unravel the complex associations between cardiomyopathy and exposure to domoic acid, a toxin produced by harmful algal blooms in near-shore marine habitats. Findings will help researchers assess the impact of changing environmental conditions and conservation recovery efforts on sea otter health. This Fellowship Training grant provides support for a promising, new wildlife researcher.

Study ID
D17ZO-413
Study Status
Active
Start Date
06/01/2017
Grant amount awarded
$98,412
Grant recipient
University of California/Davis
Study country
United States
Investigator
Megan E. Moriarty, DVM, MPVM
Study category
General Health