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Highlights from EB 2019

There were so many poster presentations on comparative and evolutionary physiology today at the 2019 Experimental Biology conference that it was impossible to see them all. Here are some highlights:

Photo of a cheetah by Per Arne Slotte via Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Michael Hedrick from California State University – East Bay, presented his research on African cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) examining adaptations that cheetahs have evolved to supply their muscles with oxygen so efficiently, given they maintain the world record for being the fastest land animal.

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Weddell seal photo from changehali via Wikimedia Commons

Eliza Skoler, and undergraduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Allyson Hindle at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, presented her research on the amazing ability for Weddell seals to protect their tissues from oxidative stress through naturally high levels of antioxidants.


Image of a spiny mouse by Marcel Burkhard alias cele4 via Wikimedia Commons

Michael Orr, a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. John Gensel at the University of Kentucky, presented research on African spiny mice. Aside from being adorable, these mice have a remarkable ability to regenerate skin and other tissues after injuries. The research is aimed at discovering how these mice regenerate tissues in an effort to learn about the potential for regeneration in other animals, including humans.


NOAA FishWatch [Public domain]

Dr. Rachael Heuer, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Martin Grosell at the University of Miami, presented her research on how temperatures outside the normal range (both higher and lower) for mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) impaired the animal’s swimming performance.

Categories: Climate Change, Diet and Exercise, Environment, Extreme Animals, Hibernation and Hypoxia, Nature's Solutions, Ocean Life, Physiology on the Road

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