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Research Interests: Comparative Physiology | Functional Morphology

My research activities fall into two broad categories: one, the comparative physiology of diving animals and two, the functional morphology of circulatory systems in a range of vertebrates and invertebrates. From the start of my research career I brought both a behavioral and mechanistic approach to my studies on the control of heart rate and blood flow in diving animals and the impact of blood flow changes on cellular metabolism during submergence.. On the mechanistic level, most recognition has accrued for identifying the sensory receptors that cause the cardiovascular adjustments in forced and voluntary dives. For instance, with Michael Purves, I was the first to identify and define the essential role of chemoreceptors (which monitor blood oxygen levels) in forced diving responses of ducks. This is now cited as a “truth”, usually without attribution. Also, my study on blood pressure receptors was the first physiological demonstration, which I substantiated with morphological studies, of the existence of baroreceptors in non-mammalian vertebrates. In 1984, I was elected to fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of my research on blood pressure receptors. In 1986, I gave a plenary lecture on my diving studies to the International Union of Physiological Sciences.

On the behavioral side, my colleagues and I made the fist studies of cardio-respiratory performance from free swimming salmonids and tuna and free flying birds in a wind tunnel. The salmonid exercise paper is one of the most cited papers in the fish literature. For DFO I did a study on the swimming performance of fishes from Mackenzie river which was published as a technical Bulletin (1974). Interestingly, I have co