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 (Koley) Freeman

NSERC CGS PhD Candidate (Sept 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 […]

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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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Alana Wilcox

NSERC PhD student (Jan 2017 – present) Agricultural treatments are essential to food production, but many chemicals can have downstream effects on wildlife and the surrounding ecosystem. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticide with known developmental, reproductive, and behavioural effects on pollinators like honeybees, but the effects on other species at risk is limited. Monarch […]

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Winnie Yang

NSERC MSc Candidate (Sept 2017 – present) With the urban environment expanding at an unprecedented rate across the globe, species must be able to adapt to the novel ecosystem in order to survive. A successful urban-adapter must overcome various stressors which may include high population densities, heavy vehicle traffic, and/or constant exposure to anthropogenic light. […]

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