Dr. James Estes is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz. He completed his undergraduate degree in zoology at the University of Minnesota, a M.S. in biology at Washington State University, and a PhD in biology and statistics at the University of Arizona.
Estes is known for his pioneering studies on the role of sea otters in coastal ecosystems. In recognition of his work, Estes has received the U.S. Geological Survey’s Schumaker Award for Excellence in Science Communication, the Western Society of Naturalists’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and the American Society of Mammalogists’ C. Hart Merriam Award for excellence in research. He is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. Estes was named a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences in 1999 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014. Learn more about Dr. Estes at http://werc.ucsc.edu/Estes/Estes_dk.html