Save Monk Seals is part of the Marine Mammal Physiology Project (MMPP) directed by Dr. Terrie Williams at the University of California at Santa Cruz. For nearly 30 years, Dr. Williams has worked to understand and protect some of the most endangered animals on our planet. The basic premise behind the MMPP project and Dr. Williams’ research is that we must understand how animals work in the context of their environment in order to protect them for generations to come. The MMPP project is unique among research labs in that we work cooperatively with animals to answer critically important questions about animal biology that otherwise could not be answered.
Dr. Williams also believes strongly that protecting endangered species such as the monk seal must be a national endeavor if we are to be successful. Her recent book, The Odyssey of KP2, aims to spread the word about the plight of monk seals to bring awareness and support to the race to save monks seals from extinction. Thus, the primary aim of SaveMonkSeals.ucsc.edu is to inspire people to speak out to their family, friends, coworkers, and most importantly, their government officials to let them know that the monk seal is America’s seal and is worth protecting.
Are you interested in learning more about Dr. Williams and the MMPP project? Please visit us at www.mmpp.ucsc.edu to find out more about our program.