Professor of Neurobiology
"We investigate how nervous systems cope with environmental stress"
Research: Environmental conditions (temperature, oxygen, food availability) can have dramatic consequences for neural function. We use insects to discover the mechanisms by which nervous systems fail under extreme conditions and those that allow some animals to continue behaving in harsh environments. We are particularly interested in trade-offs between high neural performance and energy conservation.
Teaching: I teach comparative animal physiology at the 3rd year level, focusing on sensory and neuromuscular systems and responses to temperature. This provides a basis for my upper level courses on the neural control of behaviour.
Course Topics: comparative animal physiology, neuroethology, cellular neurobiology, insect behaviour