Biologist Terrie Williams will read from her book, The Hunter's Breath, at the Seymour Center on Thursday, May 13

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center will host a celebration of the new book by Terrie Williams, The Hunter's Breath: On Expedition with the Weddell Seals of the Antarctic, on Thursday, May 13, starting at 6 p.m.

Williams, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, will read from the book, talk about her experiences in Antarctica, and answer questions from the audience. Her presentation will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception and book signing. The reception is sponsored by the Aptos Animal Hospital.

Copies of the book will be on sale at the Seymour Center's Ocean Discovery Shop. Admission to this special event is $10 per person. Seating is limited. For reservations, call (831) 459-3800.

In six trips to Antarctica, Williams endured brutal conditions on the coldest, driest, windiest continent on Earth in order to learn the secrets of the mysterious Weddell seals, the only wild mammals capable of surviving Antarctic winters. In The Hunter's Breath, Williams interweaves two amazing stories from those expeditions: One is the story of the seals and their remarkable adaptations to life on and beneath the Antarctic sea ice, while the other is a human story of adventure and discovery in one of the most punishing environments on Earth.

Williams is based at the Center for Ocean Health, part of UC Santa Cruz's Long Marine Laboratory. The Seymour Center runs the marine lab's science education and visitor programs.