Racing to Extinction: How Physiological Tipping Points are Dictating the Vulnerability of Large Mammals to Anthropogenic Disturbance

A Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series featuring TERRIE WILLIAMS, Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2320 Life Sciences Building

Abstract

High intensity exercise represents one of the most energetically costly and physiologically demanding of life history activities for mammals.  Because unexpected anthropogenic and environmental disturbances often elicit high exertion flight behaviors, the physiological capacity of animals to respond to such events will define the robustness or vulnerability of a species to perturbation.  Here I will describe how we have used a new generation of "smart" tags to detail the movements, behavior, and physiological responses of large (> 25 kg) marine and terrestrial mammals, and to identify species-specific capacities for survival in a changing world. 

Host: Cheryl Ann Zimmer

Refreshments will be served at 11:40 a.m.