In April 2008, Jim, along with Dr. Jim Estes, world-renowned expert on sea otters, Andy Johnson, Manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program, were invited to be expert witnesses to testify about sea otters before the Congressional Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and the Oceans.
Prior to re-joining Friends of the Sea Otter, Jim was the marine program associate for Defenders of Wildlife for just under 11 years and Science Director for Friends of the Sea Otter for 2.5 years.
James A. Estes
After growing up in southern California, Jim received a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1967 and doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1974.
He subsequently worked as a research scientist for the Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Geological Survey.
After retiring from federal service in 2007, Jim took a part time faculty position with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he currently resides.
is an internationally known expert on marine mammals and a specialist in the critical role of apex (top level) predators in the marine environment.
Much of this work has been with sea otters and coastal ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean.
has conducted field research in Alaska, California, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia.
He has published more than 150 scientific articles, several books and monographs, and has served on the editorial boards for a variety of professional journals.
also served on the California and southwest Alaska sea otter recovery teams.
most recent book, published by Island Press
in 2010, is a co-edited volume with John Terborgh entitled Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey and the Changing Dynamics of Nature.
Jim is a Pew Fellow in marine conservation and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.
received the Western Society of Naturalist's Lifetime Achievement Award
in 2011 and the American Society of Mammalogists' C. Hart Merriam Award