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Tenaya Norris

Tenaya Norris, M.S.

Guadalupe Fur Seal Project Manager

Tenaya Norris has been involved in marine mammal research and conservation since 2004. In her current role as Research Ecologist at The Marine Mammal Center, she works collaboratively with scientists in the United States and Mexico to study the abundance, distribution, foraging behavior, habitat use and health of pinnipeds in the California Current System, particularly Guadalupe fur seals.

Tenaya is a member of the California Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Alert Program Steering Committee and Marine Mammal Health Monitoring and Analysis Platform Executive Committee and also serves as the co-onsite coordinator for the ongoing 2015 National Marine Fisheries Service Unusual Mortality Event for Guadalupe fur seals in California.

Tenaya completed her master’s degree at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in 2013. For her thesis research, she studied the efficacy of translocations as a conservation strategy for endangered Hawaiian monk seals.


Areas of Expertise

  • Marine Mammal Conservation and Ecology Research
  • Electronic Record System Development and Maintenance



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