‘Snot Otters’ to visit Stone Lab this evening

What are snot otters, why do we want them around, and how are we working to help them? Find out when Stone Lab’s 2018 Guest Lecture Series continues this evening, Thursday, June 21.

At 7 p.m., Chelsey Nieman, a doctoral student in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), will speak on “Visual Ecology of Lake Erie Fishes,” detailing her research on how Lake Erie sportfish and their prey see and are seen when sediments and harmful algal blooms cloud the water.

At 8 p.m., Stephen Spear, director of wildlife ecology at The Wilds, will tackle the mucoid mustelids when he gives a guest lecture with the evocative title “From Snot Otters to Burying Beetles: Native Wildlife Conservation at The Wilds.” The Wilds is a safari park and conservation center in Muskingum County.

Stone Lab, part of CFAES, is located at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. Get further details about the webinar, directions for getting to the lab, and a link to watch online, in Ohio Sea Grant’s press release.

Snot otters, aka hellbender salamanders, star in the video above, which features Greg Lipps of Ohio State’s Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership, whose partners include SENR.

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