Is today the day we find out about the five accomplishments of the Sleep Ecophysiology Group to unfold in just the last ten days? … … Yes, it is. And so, with great admiration and pride, I introduce: 1. Omond SET, Hale MW and Lesku JA. 2022. Neurotransmitters of sleep and wakefulness in flatworms. SleepContinue reading “Your Series of Successes!”
We find ourselves on the cusp of 2022. As in years past, Australia remains a world leader in greeting the New Year earlier than most nations, owing to our unique combination of eagerness, earnestness, our vigour and vim (and also to rotational advantages afforded by our geographical placement). These traits, exhibited wholly by Australia, isContinue reading “The End of the Beginning”
I should preface my latest post with recognition that I had intended to be a more regular blogger. Despite the good intention, I haven’t updated the world on our successes since last March. Where did the year go? Twenty-twenty was an absolute blur: Australian bushfires and floods, leading into the ongoing pandemic that caused aContinue reading “Breaking the One-year Silence, again”
I am a poor blogger. I haven’t posted a thing in one year. And what a pity? The lab has done great things in 2019. When viewed individually or collectively, I think you will agree. And so – in surname-reverse-alphabetical-order – in only 2019… Zaid, Erika completed all data collection for her PhD. She conducted,Continue reading “Breaking the One-year Silence”
Big, enthusiastic Congratulations to Dani Eastick on her first, first-author publication. Here, Dani provides new insight into the physiology of some helmeted Dinosaurs (bottom left) through… …the study of helmeted cassowaries (above right)! Cassowaries, and perhaps some Dinosaurs, used such appendages for heat exchange with the environment, conserving body heat at low temperatures and off-loading 8%Continue reading “New Publication”
It has been half a year since my last post; unsurprisingly, a lot has happened since mid-year. Soon-to-be Doctor, Ryan Tisdale, has gone on a publishing spree with three chapters out this year alone: Spectral properties of brain activity under two anesthetics and their potential for inducing natural sleep in birds. Frontiers in Neuroscience 12,Continue reading “End of Year Wrap-up”
Annie Aulsebrook just had another first-author paper come out. In JEZ-A, Annie provides a comprehensive and original review on the effects of light pollution on sleep in humans and wildlife. Well done, Annie!
The last couple of days we were fortunate enough to host Associate Professor Bruno van Swinderen from the Queensland Brain Institute, and Dr Vanessa Kellerman from Monash University to discuss future studies on sleeping flatworms and fruit flies. What an amazing opportunity for us! [Left-to-right: John Lesku, Vanessa Kellerman, Bruno van Swinderen, Robin Johnsson, ErikaContinue reading “Visiting Scientists”
A BIG Congratulations to soon-to-be-Dr Alynn Martin from the University of Tasmania on her latest article! Here, Alynn provides a comprehensive investigation into the effects of mange on wombats in Narawntapu National Park. Infrared thermographic analyses to measure heat loss from living animals, doubly labelled water to quantify field metabolic rates, accelerometry data logging toContinue reading “New Publication”
It is my pleasure to welcome Shauni Omond (left) and Robin Johnsson (right) to the lab. Our newest PhD students!