BIOL 766: ADVANCED TOPICS - Animal Ecological Physiology
BIOL 766: ADVANCED TOPICS - Comparative Developmental Physiology
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I am an animal ecological physiologist with research interests in animal thermoregulation and energetics. I have worked on projects involving songbirds, kestrels, and American marten. I am most interested in thermoregulation in songbirds. Most of my research deals with how small, nonmigratory songbirds can survive in winter in cold temperate regions. Winter birds undergo a possible suite of changes including physiological, morphological or physical, and behavioral adjustments that allow them to survive the short days and long nights of winter. My lab uses a combination of both field and lab techniques to address questions on this process of seasonal acclimatization in songbirds.
Cooper, S. J. 2007. Daily and seasonal variation in body mass and visible fat in Mountain Chickadees and Juniper Titmice. Wilson Journal of Ornithology. In press.
Wilson, G. R., S. J. Cooper, and J. A. Gessaman. 2004. The effects of temperature and artificial rainfall on the metabolism of American Kestrels (/Falco sparverius/). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 139:389-394.