This interview was originally broadcast in May, 2013.
This is a continuation of our interview with Terrie Williams, author of The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species.
Last week, Terrie Williams recounted her initial experiences working with a young Hawaiian monk seal -- known as KP2 -- which was transported to her lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from its home in Hawaii. KP2 is one of only about eleven hundred Hawaiian monk seals on the planet. In her book -- which is now out in paperback -- Williams weaves a fascinating story of what she learned by studying the playful and affectionate KP2, and about her concerns for the future survival of this species.
The Odyssey of KP2 is this year’s Campus Read at Boise State. The book was given to all first-year students last summer, and has since been discussed in classes as part of efforts to build a shared community.
I’m pleased to announce that Williams will be visiting Boise State this coming week. She will present a lecture, open to the public, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in the Simplot Ballroom in the Student Union Building. Check here for more details. As part of her visit, Williams will also engage with students and the community in a variety of settings, including classroom visits and a tour of Zoo Boise.
Williams is director of the Marine Mammal Physiology Project at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a co-creator of the Center for Ocean Health. She joins us from her office at UC-Santa Cruz for this interview.
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