Physiology And Life-historieS group (PALS)
Who we are
PALS brings together researchers at the University of Glasgow interested in the mechanistic processes underlying within- and among-species variation in life-histories.
|Participants of the PALS away day at SCENE 15/11/2016. From left to right: Colin Selman, Peter O'Shaughnessy, Michelle Bellingham, Shirley Raveh, Mar Pineda, Sofie Reichert, Pat Monaghan, PALS mascot Bran, Antoine Stier, Danielle Orrell, Shaun Killen, Karine Salin, Zoe Johnston, Darryl McLennan, Tiffany Armstrong, Julie Nati, Denise Hough, Kevin Parsons, Kate Griffiths, Agnieszka Magierecka, Natalie Pilakouta, John Pineda, Lucy Winder. Not on the picture: Bart Adriaenssens (took picture) and Eugenia Martin.|
What we do
Through a combination of experimental and correlative work in both the field and the laboratory, we study how various factors (involving environmental conditions and genetic inheritance) influence organismal phenotypes at different biological levels and life stages. We investigate whether the outcomes for individuals and their life histories are adaptive or not, and use a range of different species.
Our work includes (but is not limited to) how variation in nutrition, temperature, stress exposure and habitat influence the physiology and behaviour of the organism, and how this affects the timing and success of important life-history events, including maturation, reproduction, ageing and longevity.
At the mechanistic level, we are particularly interested in telomere dynamics, metabolism, mitochondrial function, oxidative stress, endocrine function, bone development, biorhythms and resistance to pollutants. Some of this work has clear links with applied research in the biomedical and veterinary sciences, and we encourage knowledge exchange across disciplines.
The key aim of PALS is to integrate our expertise across a diverse range of topics (see research themes) and stimulate collaboration and cross-validation of research between fields.
- Bart Adriaenssens
- Sonya Auer
- Tommy Norin
- Karine Salin
News & Events
13 DecThe Scottish Chough project was given a highly commended award in the Species Champion Category in the 2016 'Nature of Scotland Awards' . The project is a collaborative one involving the Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen, Scotland's Rural College, and the Scottish Chough Study Group. The award, presented by the broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham at a ceremony in Edinburgh, was in recognition of the scientific work carried out by the group in relation to chough conservation.
21 NovThis quarter's newsletter of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) features an article from PhD student Agnieszka Magierecka about her research on transgenerational effects of chronic maternal stress experience in sticklebacks.