Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP170103619 [ 2017 - 2023 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers Prof Simon Griffith; Dr Christine Cooper; Prof Pierre Deviche; Prof Pat Monaghan

Brief description This project aims to determine the physiological effects of extreme hot weather on animals’ metabolism, development, body size and cell lifespan. Body size in animals is negatively related to latitude; individuals are relatively small in hot climates. The project will test the idea that the adverse effects of heat during development constrain body size. The project will draw on physiology, endocrinology, behaviour and cell biology and study birds across Australian climates and in a temperature-controlled laboratory. The outcomes of the project will provide insight into regional variation in species vulnerabilities to climate variation and inform biodiversity management.

Funding Amount $399,500

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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