Small Vertebrate Energetics

Small vertebrates extend across a variety of clades and fill niches not available to a larger animal. What survival advantages or constraints are associated with small vertebrate body size? Energetic and behavioral assays on the whole organism provide key metrics such as O2 consumption, CO2 emission, water vapor flux, total activity as well as circadian observations to address the costs and benefits of body size.

Important System Considerations

  • Precise acquisition of metabolic data
  • Versatile setup for lab or field
  • Rugged Designs for field use

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Classic Line

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Relevant Publications

Relevant Publications

Alvine, T., & Burggren, W. W. (2014). Renal, metabolic and hematological effects of trans-retinoic acid during critical developmental windows in the embryonic chicken. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 184(1), 107-123.

Kolbe, J. J., Ehrenberger, J. C., Moniz, H. A., & Angilletta Jr, M. J. (2014). Physiological Variation among Invasive Populations of the Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)*. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 87(1), 92-104.

Lobban, K. D., Lovegrove, B. G., & Rakotondravony, D. (2014). The energetics of a Malagasy rodent, Macrotarsomys ingens (Nesomyinae): a test of island and zoogeographical effects on metabolism. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 1-13.

McCue, M. D., Voigt, C. C., Jefimow, M., & Wojciechowski, M. S. (2014). Thermal acclimation and nutritional history affect the oxidation of different classes of exogenous nutrients in Siberian hamsters, Phodopus sungorus. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology.

Nuñez-Villegas, M., Bozinovic, F., & Sabat, P. (2014). Interplay between group size, huddling behavior and basal metabolism: an experimental approach in the social degu. The Journal of experimental biology, 217(6), 997-1002.

Petit, M., Lewden, A., & Vézina, F. (2014). How does flexibility in body composition relate to seasonal changes in metabolic performance in a small passerine wintering at northern latitude?. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 87(4), 539-549.

Jefimow, M., & Wojciechowski, M. S. (2014). Effect of dietary fatty acids on metabolic rate and nonshivering thermogenesis in golden hamsters. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology, 321(2), 98-107.

Dalton, B., & Mathis, A. (2014). Identification of sex and parasitism via pheromones by the Ozark zigzag salamander. Chemoecology, 24(5), 189-199.

Maciak, S., Bonda‐Ostaszewska, E., Czarnołęski, M., Konarzewski, M., & Kozłowski, J. (2014). Mice divergently selected for high and low basal metabolic rates evolved different cell size and organ mass. Journal of evolutionary biology, 27(3), 478-487.