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SEMINAR: Busting myths about how mammals cope with heat insights from free-living mammals

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Today's date is Thursday, October 18, 2018
Busting myths about how mammals cope with heat insights from free-living mammals : School of Human Sciences Special Seminar Other events...
Speaker: Andrea Fuller is a Professor in the School of Physiology and Director of the Brain Function Research Group at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Her primary research focus is in the areas of thermal and conservation physiology, with an emphasis on understanding the physiological plasticity available to mammals to cope with climate change, and methods to improve the physiological welfare of mammals during game management practices. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, hosted seven postdoctoral fellows, and supervised 10 Doctoral and 13 Masters students to completion. She has served as chair of the Thermal Physiology Commission of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, and is an editorial board member of the journals Conservation Physiology; Temperature; and Koedoe - African Protected Area Conservation and Science.

Abstract: Fundamental to predicting the ecological consequences of climate change is understanding the physiological mechanisms available to mammals to cope with changing environments. Much of what we know about how mammals respond to heat is based on studies of mammals in the laboratory setting. Although this approach identifies what an animal can achieve physiologically, it does not reveal what an animal actually will do in its natural environment, where it is subjected to a complex array of stressors. Indeed, data obtained from free-living mammals reveal that we need to monitor the responses of mammals in their natural habitats if we wish to understand how they will prioritise competing homeostatic systems in changing environments, and the consequences of that prioritisation for their fitness.
Speaker(s) Professor Andrew Fuller
Location Seminar Room 1.81, School of Human Sciences, Anatomy Building
Contact Christine Page <christine.page@uwa.edu.au> : 64887126
Start Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:00
End Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:00
Submitted by Christine Page <christine.page@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 02 Oct 2018 11:09
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