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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.

2019-2020 Courses Taught:

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

Recent Lab News:

Caleb Northam awarded a NSERC CGS-M Scholarship. Congrats Caleb! (June 2019)

Big welcome to new graduate students Shuhao Li, Victoria Markstrom, and Caleb Northam, and summer research assistants Harith Al-Baeity, and Gurasis Osahan (May 2019)

Big shout out to Maggie Clapin for successfully defending her M.Sc. thesis (March 2019)

Anthony Signore paper on hemoglobin evolution in Sirenia (sea cows) published in Molecular Biology and Evolution (March 2019)

Triston Eastman wins the Lane Graham Prize for best Honours Thesis. Well done! (May 2018)

Congrats to Mike Gaudry for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis (August 2017)

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 November 5, 2019
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