Wildlife Conservation Physiology lab
Wildlife Conservation Physiology (WCP) is an area of research within the Brain Function Research Group. Our research focuses on the ecophysiology and thermoregulation of African, Australian and Arabian mammals, as well as the physiological responses of wild mammals to global climate change and game capture procedures.
More information is available on the website.
- Body temperature and thermoregulation of African, Australian and Arabian mammals
- Thermoregulation of small, arid-dwelling mammals
- Effects of habitat transformation on the physiology of animals
- The mechanisms involved in the control of selective brain cooling during heat stress and dehydration
- Effects of human interference on selective brain cooling in ungulates
- Thermal stress of capture
- Cooling of hyperthermic animals during capture
- Prevention of respiratory depression in opioid-immobilized animals
Prof Andrea Fuller
Dr Edward Snelling
Dr Leith Meyer, University of Pretoria
Dr Shane Maloney, University of Western Australia
Prof Louise Barrett, University of Leithbridge, Canada
Dr Richard McFarland, UK
Dr Ian Murray, Arizona
Our team, which includes physiologists, veterinarians, zoologists, ecologists and game management personnel, works together to answer some of the vital questions that are posed by conservationists and wildlife managers interested in the survival of African mammals. Our research has two main aims, firstly to investigate the physiological and behavioural responses of free-living terrestrial mammals to environmental stressors, and secondly to investigate the effect of game management procedures on stress responses and resultant morbidity and mortality of mammals.