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Alumni Updates: Douglas Burn

Douglas Burn, MBF ’85
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Anchorage, Alaska

Doug Burn
northern sea otter in Alaska

As the Sea Otter Program Lead in the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Region 7 Marine Mammals Management Office, Douglas Burn plays a key role in recovering this species. Doug wrote the proposed and final rules to list the southwest Alaska distinct population segment of the northern sea otter and designate critical habitat. The Fish and Wildlife Service liaison for the sea otter recovery team, he worked with team members to develop the draft recovery plan. Doug’s initiatives in coordinating and conducting research, including aerial and boat-driven population surveys, habitat evaluation studies, and projects investigating disease prevalence and prey availability, have enhanced our understanding of the species. Working with the Fish and Wildlife Field Office to ensure that sea otter recovery needs are incorporated into section 7 consultations for proposed projects, he also coordinates closely with stakeholders, including Federal and State agencies, Native Alaskan organizations, local communities, and non-governmental organizations in conserving the species.

For more information, visit http://alaska.fws.gov/index_burn.htm


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