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May
School Seminar Series: Males exist: Does it matter?   View Summary
2 May 2014
Prof Hanna Kokko
Research School of Biology, ANU
Seminar title: Males exist: Does it matter?
Host details: mats.olsson@sydney.edu.au
 
Keast Lecture: The Thermodynamic Niche   View Summary
16 May 2014

Dr Michael Kearney, Keast lecturer for 2014.
Dr Michael Kearney, Keast lecturer for 2014.

Dr Michael Kearney presents the 2014 Keast lecture: The Thermodynamic Niche - physiologically based models of climatic constraints on animals

Climate influences the distribution and abundance of terrestrial animals in a rich variety of ways. Most directly, however, it imposes thermodynamic constraints on heat, water and nutritional balances. The sum of these constraints can be thought of as defining the 'thermodynamic niche'.

Dr Kearney will discuss how the thermodynamic niche can be characterised using integrated models of the biophysics of animals and their microclimates, together with metabolic theory. He will show how the models can be coupled to weather and climate databases to predict constraints on animal survival, behaviour, phenology, growth, development and reproduction, and ultimately distribution limits.

Dr Michael Kearney is an alumnus of the School of Biological Sciences, having graduated with a PhD in 2004. He is now an Australian Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne. Dr Kearney's work focuses on how climate impacts animals and the predicted impact of climate change on those same animals.

 
June
School Seminar Series: TBC   View Summary
6 June 2014
Dr Alyson Ashe
School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney
Seminar title: TBC
Internal speaker, to RSVP for lunch contact Emily Remnant emily.remnant@sydney.edu.au
 
September
Murray Lecture   View Summary
24 September 2014

Professor Justin O'Riain (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town) presents the 2014 Murray lecture.