MA Student, Williams Lab
Emily studies the influence of anaerobic metabolic by-products, specifically carbon dioxide, on marine mammal recovery timelines. Carbon dioxide is an important variable that controls vascular activity and may be the metric determining the duration of time required for marine mammals to recover after a dive. Emily will be measuring the rate of carbon dioxide production and the amount of carbon dioxide accumulation in the blood to understand how carbon dioxide determines recovery. Determining how quickly an animal responds to metabolic and blood gas shifts associated with high levels of exercise and disruptions in carbon dioxide levels has direct conservation implications. Emily’s research will provide a better understanding of marine mammal’s ability to recover, which could help reduce the impact of oceanic noise and shipping activity on marine mammal populations.