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Environmental & Evolutionary Physiology

My research employs phylogenomic and physiological approaches to better understand the evolution of respiratory pigments (hemoglobin/myoglobin) of mammals ranging from the smallest shrews to the largest whales, with a focus on protein function adaptive for subterranean and aquatic life, and the thermal specializations of extinct cold-adapted species (e.g. woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, and Steller's sea cow). Additional research is centered on historical contingencies arising from the inactivation of protein coding genes in select mammalian lineages, and their associations with evolutionary transitions apparent in the fossil record. Funding for my research is primarily provided by grants from the NSERC Discovery Grant Program.


Research Opportunities:

Research opportunities are available for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral investigators interested in pursuing studies under the broad umbrella of paleophysiology, evolutionary biology, and comparative physiology. Students and post-docs are strongly encouraged to tailor and develop their own projects, though opportunities to contribute to ongoing projects in the lab are also available. To help discuss research possibilities, I encourage interested students to briefly outline their academic background and goals, together with potential projects and lab publications of interest. I look forward to hearing from you.

2023-2024 Courses Taught:

Anatomy of the Human Body (BIOL 1410)
Human Physiology 2 (BIOL 2420)
Environmental Physiology of Animals 1 (BIOL 3470)

Recent Lab News:

Pleased to announce that Catrione Lee has started her Ph.D. in the lab. Welcome Catrione! (January 2024)

Tony Signore paper on the extreme hemoglobin phenotype of the extinct Steller's sea cow published in eLife and featured as an eLife digest (June 2023)

A warm lab welcome to the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Award recipients Suchita Patel and Kelvin Joseph (May 2023)

Great fun hosting National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore obtain incredible images of star-nosed moles for The Photo Ark, and film crews from the BBC and PBS filming star-nosed moles and water shrews (June/July 2022)

Department of Biological Sciences
W465 Duff Roblin Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3T 2N2 Canada

Tel: 204-474-6397
Fax: 204-474-7588
Email: kevin.campbellumanitoba.ca
Last update January 18, 2024
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