Rismiller was born in rural Ohio and received both her Masters
and PhD in Biology in Germany. She is an environmental physiologist
and educator who studies the interactions of living organisms
and environmental cues. Her special interests are body temperature
regulation and reproduction. In 1988 she immigrated to Australia,
made Kangaroo Island her home and began life history studies
on echidnas, tiger snakes and goannas.
Peggy supervises undergraduate, graduate students and many volunteers.
She works closely with the media, tourism, conservation groups,
zoological gardens and the greater community. She is affiliated
with the University of Adelaide, senior researcher at the Pelican
Lagoon Research & Wildlife Cente, and a visiting lecturer at
the Hannover School of Veterinary Science, Germany. In 1997
she was elected a member of the international Society of Women
Geographer. In 2003 she received an award for climate change
research and in 2006 was awarded the Order of Australia for
services to science.
other interests include herbal medicine and smithing creations
from precious metals and natural gemstones.