Environmental and Integrative Physiology

Environmental physiology is the science of understanding how living organisms function, how they are adapted to their environment, and the means by which these mechanisms evolved. Within this framework, Faculty and Graduate Students in the Environmental and Integrative Physiology theme are interested in elucidating how plants and animals integrate and regulate gene expression, biochemical pathways, cellular, tissue and organ function in response to changing environments. Some of the research questions currently under investigation include:

Why can some plants cope with saline environments while others cannot?

How does mitochondrial function respond to life in extreme environments?

What physiological mechanisms did extinct mammals employ in the Ice-ages?

What are the key factors that regulate food intake in mammals?

How can aquatic animals survive in high ammonia environments?

How do ancient fishes regulate their salt and water balance?

There is a high degree of collaborative effort between researchers in the physiology theme group. This collegiality fosters the sharing of new ideas, state-of-the art equipment and newly renovated facilities, thus driving the development of novel research techniques to address questions arising from our research.

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Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Wesley Ogloff, MSc defense: “Climate change-related shifts in species interactions and diet in an Arctic marine ecosystem” — Tuesday, July 31 at 9 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Elise Couillard, MSc Defense: “Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) awareness of neighbours' vigilance is spatially explicit” — Wednesday, August 1 at 8:45 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Muriel Magnaye, MSc Defense: “Growth and post-spawning survival in capelin (Mallotus villosus) on the northeast coast of Newfoundland” — Wednesday, August 15 at 11 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Gabrielle Grenier, MSc Defense: “Seasonal patterns of growth in Arctic Charr (Salvelinus alpinus L.); differences between morphs of Cumberland Sound populations” — Thursday, August 23 at noon, 304 Biological Sciences.