CIE Seminar Series 2015 – Stress and the reproductive and metabolic physiology of free-ranging birds

Pierre DevicheSPEAKER: Professor Pierre Deviche, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, USA

DATE: Friday, 4th December 2015
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, Room ka5.303
TIME: 12:00 noon
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood LT 5 (B3.07); and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.22

ABSTRACT: When exposed to adverse conditions, vertebrates mount an endocrine stress response that is accompanied with numerous behavioural, hormonal, and metabolic changes. The mechanisms that underlie these changes are multiple and complex, and their dependency on stress hormones in free-ranging organisms remain poorly understood.

The talk will use results of our recent research to analyze relationships between stress hormones and the metabolic and reproductive behaviour and physiology of free-ranging birds.

BIO: Pierre received a PhD in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology from The University of Liege, Belgium, in 1980. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Germany and at Oregon State University before accepting a faculty position at The University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he taught and did research for 11 years.

He moved to his present position at Arizona State University in 1999, where he is Professor of Environmental Physiology and Senior Sustainability Scientist of the Global Institute of Sustainability.

Pierre’s research uses primarily birds as experimental models to investigate behavioural, (neuro) endocrine, and metabolic adaptations to local environments, in particular in relationship to reproductive cycles. He serves on the editorial board of General and Comparative Endocrinology, Hormones and Behavior, and Frontiers in Endocrinology, and is editor of Arizona Birds Online.

When not at work he can be found hiking, birding, and doing wildlife photography.

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