The Eco-lab is a strong proponent of the emerging field of Conservation Physiology. Conservation Physiology explores the responses of organisms to anthropogenic threats and attempts to determine the ecophysiological constraints dictated by current conditions and future environmental change. We aim to determine and assess the proximate abiotic and biotic factors that impose fitness consequences upon the organisms as a result of anthropogenic environmental change allowing us to forecast the responses of organisms to such change. Importantly, this assists in determining the degree of threat of environmental disturbance to organisms and therefore help to set priority areas for conservation action. Underpinned by ecological and physiological theory, conservation physiology takes a multidisciplinary and integrative approach that encompasses both field and laboratory-based research.
Research projects include:
• Assessing the Impact of increasing temperatures on the physiology and behaviour of ectotherms (including elasmobranchs, polar fish, amphibians and reptiles)
• Crocodilian conservation physiology