Ecophysiology of Stress

Welcome to the Newman Lab where we study proximate and ultimate questions around stress ecophysiology.  We combine field studies and laboratory analyses to examine the persistent effects of early life stress on physiology, behaviour and fitness. We use a variety of approaches from large-scale manipulations in the wild to controlled laboratory experiments. I am excited by integrative questions that span levels of biological organization and students in the lab are encouraged to explore questions from evolutionary, ecological, physiological and molecular perspectives.

We are currently recruiting motivated members at the MSc and PhD level to join the team, see the opportunities page for more details.

Newman Lab News

Looking forward to SICB 2018

Members of the Newman Lab are taking flight en route to SICB 2018 in San Fransisco where NSERC PhD candidate Koley Freeman will discuss her work on grey jays, “Carry-over effects of early-life food availability on stress physiology and survival: A supplementation experiment in a winter breeding passerine”, NSERC MSc candidate Kevin Morey will discuss his work on red squirrels “Epigenetic transmission of maternal stress in a wild mammal”, and I’ll chat about some of our work on the HPA axis and microbiome in urban grey squirrels.

SICB 2017 in New Orleans

dsc06470Mason regaled a multitude as he presented initial results on the Citisci grey squirrel project and I shared some long-term Savannah sparrow data.  Great meeting.

Filming for “The Nature of Things”

Koley & Alex catch and band a new jayGreat Autumn weekend in Algonquin Park as a Director and crew filmed for three days in preparation of an upcoming episode of The Nature of Things which will include some of the Grey Jay research. Page through for more photos from behind the scenes.


Koley wins Taverner

scoCongratulations Koley on being awarded one of the most prestigious North American ornithological research awards for graduate students.  The Taverner Award from the Society of Canadian Ornithologists supports her work on ecophysiology of stress in Grey Jays. Koley, along with fellow U of Guelph student Brad Woodworth, were the 2016 awardees.