Terrie Williams, Ph.D.
Terrie Williams is author of THE HUNTER'S BREATH (M. Evans, 2003). In 2002, she was named one of the top 50 female scientists in the world by Discover Magazine. Her latest book, AN OCEAN APART, will be published by Penguin press in 2012.
Dr. Williams is a wildlife physiologist for the Department of Biology at the University of California- Santa Cruz. Her research, art and writing have taken her to some of the most remote oceans of the world. Recent expeditions have included studying sea otters, Steller sea lions and killer whales in Alaska, dolphins in the Bahamas, and Weddell seals in the Antarctic. In 1989 she was the Director of the Valdez Sea Otter Rescue Center where she organized the research and rehabilitation of marine mammals contaminated in the spill. She is a Professor of Biology, lecturer and public speaker.
Terrie’s research has been the subject of numerous articles and television programs. She conducted interviews for National Geographic, Rolling Stone Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, NBC News, CNN, ABC news and others. Recently, her work has been featured in the IMAX movie "Dolphins" (May, 2000), Discover Magazine (March, 1997), Science Magazine (April, 2000), the Discovery Channel’s "Ultimate Guide to Dolphins" program (June, 1999) and NBC Dateline (summer 1999, 2000). Her work on the Weddell seals of Antarctica will be featured in a PBS Nature television special (January 2003), National Geographic Television International (2003), and an article on women scientists in Discover Magazine (November 2002).
Her publication credits include one technical book, "Emergency Care and Rehabilitation of Oiled Sea Otters" (University of Alaska Press, 1996), and 10 book chapters including a general review of marine mammal physiology in the "Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals" (Academic Press, 2002) and dolphin swimming in "Dolphins" (National Geographic Press, 2000). She has written over 40 scientific articles on the exercise and performance capabilities of a wide variety of mammals from running cheetahs to swimming seals. She has also written popular articles about her research for World & I, Ranger Rick Magazine, and Endangered Species Update. Her website on the 2001 Antarctic Expedition (www.biology.ucsc.edu/people/williams/antarctic) was featured in USA Today and Highlights for Children.
Terrie received a Ph.D. in Environmental and Exercise Physiology from Rutgers University in 1981. She is the Director of the Center for Marine Mammal Research and Conservation at UCSC.
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