Christopher Guglielmo, PhD
Animal ecological and evolutionary physiology
Biological & Geological Sciences 3019
Biological & Geological Sciences 3012
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I have wide ranging research interests in physiological ecology, and this is reflected in the diversity of lab and field projects attempted (usually successfully) by me, my students and post-docs. Officially, I try to integrate physiology, biochemistry, behaviour, ecology, evolution and conservation biology. Unofficially, my lab group is in a constant state of identity crisis about what we really do. Our work is inherently multi-disciplinary and provides a means to understand how mechanistic processes operate within the larger context of whole organism performance. Physiology, in concert with morphology and behaviour, influences how animals interact with the environment, and understanding its flexibility will help us to predict how species may respond to natural or man-made perturbations.
My current research focuses on the physiology of endurance flight and stopover refueling in migratory birds and bats. We have a wide variety of laboratory and field studies underway using the wind tunnel and other unique capabilities of the Advanced Facility for Avian Research, my mobile Field Laboratory for Integrative Ecological Research (FLIER), and a digital telemetry array that we are installing in Ontario in collaboration with Bird Studies Canada.
Degrees and Institutions
- B.A. (Biology) New York University, New York, NY
- M.Sc. (Wildlife Ecology) University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
- Ph.D. (Biological Sciences) Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
- Biology 4611 – Physiology of Animal Migration
- Biology 3625G - Techniques in Physiology and Biochemistry
- Biology 9654A - Topics in Animal Physiology II
- Gerson, A.R. and C.G. Guglielmo. 2013. Measurement of glomerular filtration rate during flight in a migratory bird using a single bolus injection of FITC-inulin. American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology doi:10.1152/ajprenal.00247.2013.
- Nebel, S., D.M. Buehler, A. MacMillan, and C.G. Guglielmo. 2013. Flight performance of western sandpipers (Calidris mauri) remains uncompromised when mounting an acute phase immune response. Journal of Experimental Biology (doi:10.1242/jeb.083204).
- Boyle, W.A., D.W. Winkler and C.G. Guglielmo. 2012. Rapid loss of fat but not lean mass prior to chick provisioning supports the flight efficiency hypothesis in Tree Swallows. Functional Ecology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.01997.x.
- McGuire, L.P., C.G. Guglielmo, S.A. Mackenzie and P.D. Taylor. 2012. Migration stopover in the North American long-distance migrant silver-haired bat, Lasionycteris noctivagans. Journal of Animal Ecology 81:377-385.
- Gerson, A.R. and C.G. Guglielmo. 2011. Endurance flight at low ambient humidity increases protein catabolism in migratory birds. Science 333:1434-1436.