Metabolic regulation of animals living in diverse and challenging environments.


The core of my research program lies in understanding the mechanisms that animals, primarily fish, use to achieve metabolic balance under different natural environment conditions and physiological states. Two other key aspects of my research are: 1) to characterize the physiological mechanisms that fish use to cope with anthropogenic stressors (ecotoxicology); 2) to optimize growth and rearing conditions for aquatic organisms (aquaculture).


In both classroom- and field-based course I encourage students to take an integrative approach to understanding the diverse physiological responses to environmental challenges, spanning both comparative and environmental physiological perspectives. I firmly believe that creativity and innovation arise from solid foundations in the scientific methods, and I impart this core principle in my courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. I also offer field courses at our Queen’s University Biological Station, as well as in China and Latin America.


  • Aquaculture
  • Aquatic environment and biodiversity assessment
  • Comparative and environmental physiology of animals
  • Environmental toxicology
  • Wetland biology