In our lab in the Zoology Department at Southern Illinois University we explore how animals maintain homeostasis in the face of ecological variation and disease dynamics. Specifically, we explore how developmental plasticity and physiological performance across ontogeny are determined by interactions between neuroendocrine function and microbiome dynamics. We also test how how these interactions scale up to impact ecological community processes such as consumer interactions, and disease outbreaks. Our question driven work includes research on amphibians, rodents, lizards, and insects. For this integrative work we use a diversity of tools that include stable isotope physiological ecology, endocrinology, ecoimmunology, and disease assays in both field and lab based experiments.
Current projects include exploration of: (1) the effects of physiological homeostatic function on resource use in rodents and subsequent community ecology interactions; (2) microbiome effects on development plasticity, physiological performance, and disease in amphibians; (3) disease emergence and spread; (4) ecology and conservation of mudpuppies; and (5) resource allocation and the evolution of life history trade-offs.
I am always on the lookout for highly motivated researchers. If you are interested in earning a PhD or MS send inquiries to Dr. Robin Warne (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include a CV and cover letter.