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Morris Lectureship Focuses on Bear Nutrition and Physiology

January 20, 2011

Charles T. Robbins, BS, MS, PhD, presents, “Grizzly bear nutrition, physiology, and ecology, the human opposite,” the 2011 James G. Morris Lectureship in Companion Animal Nutrition.

The event takes place Monday, February 7, 2011, from 12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 1010, Gladys Valley Hall, located in the Health Sciences Complex on the UC Davis campus. 

Robbins is a professor at Washington State University and the director of the Bear Center, the only facility in the world to house adult grizzlies for research by government, university and zoo scientists from the US and abroad. Robbins has been a professor of Zoology and Natural Resource Sciences at WSU since 1974. His research interests include nutrition and energetics of wild mammals, particularly bears. Robbins' current research includes:

  1. Foraging ecology of bears
  2. The role of bears in ecosystem nutrient cycling, particularly the movement of nutrients from salmon, through bears, and into forest plant communities
  3. Energetics and habitat use of free-ranging bears
  4. The interactions of bears, recreationists, and salmon in Alaska.

Captive and wild grizzly bears are used in these studies.

The free lecture is open to all interested individuals. Light refreshments will be provided, and no reservations are necessary.

The School of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Molecular Biosciences sponsors the lectureship in recognition of the years of service and numerous contributions to animal health made by James G. Morris, a professor who specialized in the analytical chemistry of poisonous agents and residue monitoring for food safety issues in cattle and other livestock. His research included nutrition and metabolism of companion animals; nutritional requirements, especially for amino acids, taurine, vitamin D and minerals; and comparative nutrition of animals.

For directions and/or more information, please contact Amy Burnham, Dept of Molecular Biosciences, 530-752-1059.