Terrie Williams is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Sta. Cruz, and a researcher at Long Marine Lab. Her research focuses on Comparative physiology of large mammalian predators, with emphasis on energetics. Her other Research Interests include: Common morphological features and physiological limitations of marine and terrestrial animals; primary areas of study include swimming and running energetics, thermoregulation during exercise, and the plasticity of mammalian skeletal muscle.
She runs the Marine Mammal Physiology Project at UCSC and developed an interest in the seals in the early 1990s, when she lived for four years in Hawaii.
She has published a book, released earlier this July 2012, entitled: “The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species”, is a story of her time spent with KP2, a monk seal who spent two years at the Santa Cruz marine lab.