Ecophysiology of Stress

Members of the Newman Lab

Amy Newman

I am an ecophysiologist who’s training lies at the intersection of physiology, ecology and neuroendocrinology.  In the Newman Lab we are broadly interested in stress biology in natural environments, in particular the lasting effects of early-life stress. I obtained a BSc from Queen’s University, a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia, and […]

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Nikole Freeman

PhD Student (2015 – Present) The early life environment can have profound effects on an individual’s growth and development. Recent studies suggest that stress exposure early in development has lifelong consequences in the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, immune function, and fitness. For my PhD research, I am examining linkages between the early life […]

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Kiera Newman

PhD student (2015 – present) Imagine tripling your life span by reducing your body’s rate of aging.  That’s how migratory monarchs, who spend several months of the year in diapause, manage to fly south in autumn, overwinter in Mexico and breed in early spring, while their resident counterparts live only a few months.  The behavioural […]

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Mason Stothart

NSERC CGS MSc Student (2016-Present) Urban environments are amongst the most ubiquitous and fastest growing terrestrial ecosystems in the world, and organisms colonizing these ecosystems must first overcome an abundance of novel anthropogenic stressors. In vertebrates, it is hypothesized that species-specific differences in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis physiology predicts aptitude to colonize urban habitats. At the […]

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Kevin Morey

NSERC CGS MSc Student (Sept 2016 – present) Just because you haven’t experienced something in your lifetime doesn’t mean your DNA hasn’t experienced it in the life of another! Recent research suggests that stressful environmental and physiological conditions experienced by mammalian mothers induce changes in the development of their offspring (known as “maternal effects”) that […]

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