Los Angeles Times Features MMTD Biologist Mark Lowry

In a Special Interest Story, the Los Angeles Times interviewed Marine Mammal and Turtle Division biologist Mark Lowry to discuss the urgency surrounding his work this year. Mark has been collecting sea lion and elephant seal scat from San Nicolas and San Clemente islands for more than three decades to track the long-term health of marine mammals off the California coast. Analyses of the specimens he collected could solve the mystery of why so many young sea lions have been found dead and dying on Southern California beaches these past years. Read the entire article at http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-adv-sea-lions-20150414-story.html or contact Mark.Lowry@noaa.gov for more information.

Mark Lowry Collecting Scats

MMTD biologist Mark Lowry collecting pinniped scats on San Nicolas Island. Photo credit: Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times.