Comparative Animal Physiology

The Comparative Animal Physiology group at the University of Guelph is one of the largest in Canada and offers a wide range of research interests from genes to whole animal studies. The enthusiasm, strength and breadth of the group provide an excellent learning environment for graduate students and undergraduate researchers. The group has a strong aquatic theme with interests in both marine and freshwater organisms. These include invertebrates such as molluscs and echinoderms, primitive fishes (lampreys, hagfish, sharks, skates and rays, lungfish), teleosts, reptiles, amphibians, and whales. A particular strength of the group is in environmental adaptation to stressors such as temperature, salinity, hypoxia and desiccation. For more information, go to comparativephys.ca.

State of the art aquatic facilities are available in the Hagen Aqualab allowing research on tropical, temperate and polar aquatic organisms. The experimental approaches include fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy, functional characterization of recombinant proteins, HPLC, GC, micromechanical testing, muscle mechanics, proteomics and mass spectrometry, genomics, and respirometry. The group is located in the new Science Complex with advanced facilities for research on metabolism (CFI-funded Fish Metabolism Laboratory), proteomics, protein expression and purification, and confocal and electron microscopy.

Faculty in Comparative Animal Physiology include:

  • James Ballantyne - Biochemical adaptation of fishes and molluscs
  • Nick Bernier - Fish endocrinology and physiology
  • Douglas Fudge - Comparative animal biomechanics
  • Todd Gillis - Cardiac physiology and biophysics
  • Andreas Heyland - Developmental endocrinology and genomics of invertebrates
  • Frederic Laberge - Comparative neuroanatomy and physiology
  • Amy Newman
  • Glen Van Der Kraak - Fish ecotoxicology and endocrinology
  • Patricia Wright - Environmental physiology of aquatic vertebrates
  • Patrick Woo (Professor Emeritus) - Fish Immunology