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Linda Nichol has an M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia, where she studied the foraging ecology and seasonal movements of northern resident killer whales in British Columbia. For many years she worked mainly as a consulting biologist participating in marine mammal related projects, as well as projects related to coastal marine birds, intertidal invertebrates and plants, and environmental monitoring. In 2001 she joined the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a research biologist, conducting conservation-related research primarily on sea otters. Linda has co-authored more than a dozen reports and scientific publications.
Jane Watson has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she studied the community ecology of sea otters. She has conducted research on sea otter population and community ecology for 20 years. Dr. Watson is a professor at Malaspina University-College in Nanaimo, British Columbia and an adjunct professor with the Marine Mammal Research Unit at the University of British Columbia. She is also a member of the Marine Mammals Species Specialist Subcommittee of COSEWIC.
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