Zenon Czenze - In the Kalahari with a hot bird (Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill)

Zenon Czenze: Hot birds -thermoregulation in heat has co-evolved with drinking behaviour

Dr. Zenon Czenze is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pretoria, soon to begin a Lecturer position at the University of New England in Armidale. Here, Dr. Czenze shares his team’s observations that led to the paper “Regularly-drinking desert birds have greater evaporative cooling capacity and higher heat tolerance limits than non-drinking species.”

Zenon Czenze - In the Kalahari with a hot bird (Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill)
Zenon Czenze – In the Kalahari with a hot bird (Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill)
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Anusha Shankar + hummingbird. Credit: Julisa Ricart

Anusha Shankar: Modelling energy budgets of hummingbirds

Dr. Anusha Shankar is a National Geographic Explorer and Young Leader, a Lewis and Clark Field Scholar, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. In this insight, Dr. Shankar discusses her paper “Hummingbirds budget energy flexibly in response to changing resources”, how this work may be used for other species, and gives advice to fellow scientists.

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Luke Wilde

Mountains, mice and the impacts of infection

In this Insight, Luke Wilde talks about his new paper, varying costs of infection, extreme environments and taking a metabolic lab in to the field.

Specifically, we showed that the effects of an infection can be greatly heightened if the host exists in a consistently stressful environment, and if the investigators use current, relevant metrics of performance and fitness.

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