Gena Bentall has worked as a sea otter biologist since 2001. She has studied sea otters in the Aleutian Islands and Russia’s Commander Islands, on San Nicolas Island off the coast of Southern California, and along the Central California coast. Gena studied zoology and marine biology at Oregon State University and earned her master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, working with Dr. James Estes. In early 2014, together with members of the Southern Sea Otter Research Alliance, she began organizing a program dedicated to using education to reduce human impacts on otters. Gena now coordinates the Sea Otter Savvy program. Heir Dakota Peebler has conducted a sea otter protection workshop with Gena, and is a proud ambassador of Sea Otter Savvy.