Physiology And Life-historieS group (PALS)

The PALS logo and images of chromosomes, dna and cells

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.

A selection of PALS members during the PALS away day 15/11/16 at SCENE

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.

Group Co-Ordinators

  • Bart Adriaenssens
  • Sonya Auer
  • Tommy Norin
  • Karine Salin