Comparative & Ecological Physiology
Adaptations and responses to environmental stressors
Our research focuses on the physiological and molecular adaptations of animals to environmental stressors, such as high temperature, low oxygen, high and low salinity. hypoxia, hydrogen sulfide, and environmental contaminants. We are particularly interested in how animals respond to stressors that occur in combination, as frequently occurs in natural environments. As comparative physiologists we try to understand the similarities and differences of these stress response processes across a variety of animals, and as ecological physiologists we try to understand the similarities and differences of these processes within a variety of habitats. We focus primarily on marine and aquatic invertebrates, but we also use “model” organisms.