Background and activities
I am a zoologist interested in how animals deal with the energetic challenges they face regularly in their environment. In particular, how they cope physiologically with detrimental weather and environmental conditions that often result in a shortage of food and water resources. A few examples of such conditions are seasonal changes, extreme temperatures, storms, fires and habitat degradation.
Specifically, my research strengths are field and laboratory work on questions relating to thermal physiology, metabolism, energy management, activity and behaviour in animals. In the field I primarily use small temperature-sensitive transmitters to obtain information on daily movements and body temperature fluctuations of the study animal. Recently, I have begun to test data loggers that can also record heart rates in addition to body temperature, with the aim to gain an even greater understanding of energy management in wild animals. In the lab I measure various variables, such as metabolic rates of animals, in response to a wide range of manipulated ambient conditions, such as temperature and photoperiod. I am also beginning to delve into the subject of stress physiology, using hormones and telomeres as indicators of stress. My main study organisms are endotherms, primarily mammals, but I am interested in all species.
For more information please visit the Stawski lab
- BI1006 - Animal Structure and Function
- BI2025 - Animal Ecophysiology
- BI3085 - Biology without borders
- BI8022 - Temperature Physiology
- BI2024 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
Scientific, academic and artistic work
Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database
- (2021) Nightly torpor use in response to weather conditions and individual state in an insectivorous bat. Oecologia.
- (2021) Energetics of whiskered bats in comparison to other bats of the family Vespertilionidae. Biology Open. vol. 10 (8).
- (2021) Contrasting physiological responses to habitat degradation in two arboreal mammals. iScience. vol. 24 (12).
- (2020) Hibernation and daily torpor in Australian and New Zealand bats: does the climate zone matter?. Australian journal of zoology (Print).
- (2020) Growing up in a changing climate: how temperature affects the development of morphological, behavioral and physiological traits of a marsupial mammal. Frontiers in Physiology. vol. 11 (49).
- (2019) An oversimplification of physiological principles leads to flawed macroecological analyses. Ecology and Evolution.
- (2019) How to quantify thermal acclimation capacity?. Global Change Biology.
- (2019) Responding to the weather: energy budgeting by a small mammal in the wild. Current Zoology. vol. zoz023.
- (2019) Thermal physiology and activity in relation to reproductive status and sex in a free-ranging semelparous marsupial. Conservation Physiology. vol. 7.
- (2019) A physiological understanding of organismal responses to fire. Current Biology. vol. 29 (5).
- (2018) Cold-hearted bats: uncoupling of heart rate and metabolism during torpor at sub-zero temperatures. Journal of Experimental Biology. vol. 221.
- (2018) Can bats sense smoke during deep torpor?. Physiology and Behavior. vol. 185.
- (2018) A burning question: what are the risks and benefits of mammalian torpor during and after fires?. Conservation Physiology. vol. 6 (1).
- (2018) Physiological and behavioral responses of an arboreal mammal to smoke and charcoal-ash substrate. Physiology and Behavior. vol. 184.
- (2018) Birds and bats: masters of hovering. Journal of Experimental Biology. vol. 221.
- (2018) Don’t want grumpy spiders? Keep it cool. Journal of Experimental Biology. vol. 221.
- (2018) Salmon nourish their children even after death. Journal of Experimental Biology. vol. 221.
- (2018) The bond between tropical forests and orangutans. Journal of Experimental Biology. vol. 221.
- (2017) Swindling cuckoos: hawk-like call tricks hosts. Journal of Experimental Biology. vol. 220.
- (2017) A shift in the thermoregulatory curve as a result of selection for high activity-related aerobic metabolism. Frontiers in Physiology. vol. 8.
- (2018) Forskerjakt på flaggermus. https://khrono.no/forsker-sommer-nmbu/forskerjakt-pa-flagger [Internett]. 2018-07-24.