CIE Seminar Series 2015 – Conservation physiology research: new knowledge on animal endocrinology and broad scale physiological responses to environmental challenges

Edward NarayanSPEAKER: Dr Edward Narayan, Lecturer – Veterinary Physiology, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW

DATE: Friday, 11th 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 LT5 (B3.07); and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.22

ABSTRACT: This seminar will be based on the central theme of conservation physiology which shaped my early career research based on the reproductive and stress endocrinology of an endangered amphibian species.

I will share my postdoctoral research experiences where I have applied the conservation physiology research niche to generate new knowledge on the comparative endocrinology of some Australasian anurans and small mammals.

I will talk about the applications of non-invasive physiological tools for assessing animal responses to ecological threats such as infectious diseases, climate change and feral animals. Also for quantifying the physiological responses of wildlife species to management interventions such as transportation and captive management.

Finally, I will share current research program based on evaluating the consequences chronic stress in wildlife species, and assessing stress in livestock animals to improve on-farm management and productivity.

BIO: Dr Narayan graduated with a PhD degree, which pioneered non-invasive endocrinology tools for amphibians – the novel development and validation of non-invasive enzyme immunoassays for the evaluation of reproductive hormonal cycle and stress hormone responses to environmental stressors.

He then joined Griffith University, Queensland with successful postdoctoral fellowship. Edward has led an innovative research program based on the Conservation Physiology of wildlife in Australia. His dynamic career research platform is based on comparative vertebrate physiology, stress endocrinology, reproductive endocrinology, animal health and welfare, and conservation biology.

Edward’s research team comprising of supervised Honours, Masters and PhD students (and numerous student volunteers) have made significant new discoveries, including understanding the sub-clinical physiological impacts of the debilitating pathogenic disease (chytridiomycosis) on amphibians; the physiological impacts and fitness consequences of acute and chronic environmental stressors on amphibians.

Furthermore, Edward has also developed non-invasive stress hormone monitoring tools for iconic native marsupials including the Koala and the endangered Greater Bilby. He has also studied the stress physiology, health and welfare of Tigers in Australian Zoos.

Edward has published over 50 peer reviewed research in collaboration with researchers in Australia including Deakin University, Murdoch University, University of Melbourne, Macquarie and Griffith University.

Dr Narayan has extensive postdoctoral research fellowship training in institutions spanning 4 countries (New Zealand-Landcare Research), Australia (Griffith University), India (Australian Academy of Science Early Career Fellowship – University of Pune) and Canada (Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Saskatchewan).

Edward currently holds membership of the Endocrine Society of Australia, International Association of Stress Physiologists, Society for Experimental Biology, Australia & New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry and International Society for Wildlife Endocrinology.

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