Meet our New Director of Science
Kyle Van Houtan, a conservation ecologist with expertise in marine biodiversity and global change, is our new director of science.
Kyle is responsible for conservation research focused on sea otters, great white sharks, Pacific bluefin tuna and other iconic California Current species and ecosystems.
His fresh approach to data collected by our conservation research staff has already produced newsworthy results. Looking at years of data collected by Sea Otter Program researchers, Kyle saw that our surrogacy program has had significant positive impacts on the health of the local Elkhorn Slough ecosystem as a whole. He recently published a paper of his own that helps pinpoint places globally where marine protected areas would be most valuable.
We're Building a Future for the Ocean
Construction is now underway on our biggest undertaking since opening the Aquarium—our new Center for Ocean Education and Leadership! With support from our members, donors and the community, we completed the design process and cleared the final permit processes last fall. We are now beginning construction on the 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the art building on the south end of Cannery Row.
Some highlights of the new Center include:
- Four learning labs with live animal exhibits
- Cutting-edge technology for learning and teaching
- Collaborative spaces for teachers and teens
- Rooftop garden and meeting space
- Free public exhibit gallery on Cannery Row
Table of Contents
- Director's Note
- Our Surrogate-Raised Sea Otters are Helping to Restore a Wetland
- Grappling with Ocean Plastic Pollution: Past, Present and Future
- What's New: Our New Director of Science and an Update on our new Center for Ocean Education and Leadership
- Online Exclusive: Welcome Selka, our Newest Resident Sea Otter
- Memorial and Tribute Gifts