Portrait of Glenn VanBlaricom

Glenn VanBlaricom

Associate Professor

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

Glenn VanBlaricom is an ecologist who studies the role that top predators in marine systems play both in the shaping their environments, and as indicators of overall ocean health. His program focuses on the ecology of several species of marine mammals, from Steller’s and California sea lions, to harbor seals, to humpback whales, belugas, and orcas. But above all, he studies sea otters, having worked with them since 1977 in the coastal marine habitats from California to Alaska, and across the Pacific in Russia, too. He helped with the translocation of sea otters to San Nichols Island, California in the late 1980s, and also with rescue and rehabilitation efforts in Alaska’s Prince William Sound following the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.