Research at RIT

A research group at the Rochester Institute of Technology(RIT), led by Dr. Lei Lani Stelle (University of Redlands), began researching the re-released otter populations in Western New York in 2002.  Links to more information about the research produced by the RIT otter group is below.

Research at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) 

Prey Preferences and the Optimal Foraging Theory with Zoo Otters:

  • Prey preference of the North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis), evaluated based on optimal foraging theory
  • A thesis by Leslie Thompson
  • 2011

Distribution of Otters in Monroe County, NY : 

  • Distribution Patterns of River Otters, Lontra canadensis, within Monroe County, NY
  • A thesis by Darren Doherty 
  • 2010

Environmental Enrichment with Zoo Otters: 

  • Environmental Enrichment Effects on the Activity of a Nearctic River Otter 
  • A thesis by Kenny Nelson
  • 2009

River Otter Genetics in Monroe County, NY:

  • The Use of Molecular Scatology to Study River Otter (Lontra canadensis) Genetics
  • A Thesis by Barbara McElwee
  • 2008

 Diet of Otters in Monroe County, NY:   

  • Food Habits of a Re-Introduced River Otter (Lontra canadensis) Population in Western New York-Annual Diet, Temporal and Spatial Variation in Diet and Prey Selection Conclusions
  • A thesis by Melissa Skyer
  •  2006