Doctor Terrie Williams 12th International Mammalogical Congress

Doctor Terrie Williams

Terrie M. Williams is a Comparative Wildlife Physiologist with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California- Santa Cruz, and Director of the Marine Mammal Physiology Project. For 30 years she has been investigating the energetics, mechanics and thermoregulation of large terrestrial and marine mammals including pumas, African lions, elephants, Antarctic seals and Arctic narwhals. Key to these studies has been the development of custom instrumentation to monitor the physiological responses of wild animals. This has included a submersible ECG cardiac monitor for deep diving whales and seals, and a SMART (Species Movement, Acceleration and Research Tracking) wildlife collar for measuring movements, behaviour and energetics of free-ranging mammalian carnivores. By examining the functional relationships between these apex predators and the environments in which they live, Williams and her colleagues are assessing the ecological significance of mammalian species and the physiological adaptive changes necessary for their survival.

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