Comparative physiology at uOttawa comprises an energetic group of 12 researchers who focus on aspects of environmental, evolutionary, and neural physiology in animals ranging from insects to mammals, but with an emphasis on fish. The research is highly integrative, applying molecular, biochemical, physiological and behavioural approaches to ask questions that are both fundamental and applied – from the evolution of biochemical pathways in orchid bees, through resource allocation in migrating birds or the control of breathing in an air-breathing fish, to the impact of environmental pollutants on gene expression and metabolism in aquatic animals. The individual research programs are collectively supported by >$500k in funding and the state-of-the-art infrastructure of the Department of Biology (including the Aquatics facility and the Carson Microscopy Facility) as well as the Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics. With approximately 30 graduate students currently pursuing a diversity of projects that are nevertheless united by a common interest in a comparative and integrative approach to physiology, the atmosphere is always lively!

comp phys groupThe comparative physiology grad students run a seminar series - click here.

Recent News

uOttawa comp phys (and a few alumni!) @ CSZ 2017, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

uOttawa comp phys @ CSZ 2016, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.  

A special shout-out to Heidi Li, an undergraduate student in the lab of Dr. Steve Perry, for receiving an honourable mention in the Battle award for her poster "Circulating catecholamines modulate the hypoxic hyperventilatory response in larval zebrafish (Danio rerio)".


"Dr. Love" (aka Vance Trudeau) is in the news! Click here to read about his work with the Nashville Zoo, helping to get eastern hellbenders and other amphibians to breed.

The comparative physiology group is delighted to announce that Dr. Jan Mennigen will be joining the group as an Assistant Professor in July 2016 - congratulations!  The arrival of new faculty members means that it is an exciting time to be part of comparative physiology at uOttawa...  
Following our recent job competition, the comparative physiology group is delighted to announce that Dr. Matt Pamenter will be joining the group as an Assistant Professor in July 2015.  Congratulations - we are looking forward to your arrival at uOttawa!

Dr. Valérie Langlois (Royal Military College, Kingston), formerly a PhD student in the Trudeau lab, recently was awarded a Canada Research Chair (CRCII) in ecotoxicogenomics and endocrine disruption. We congratulate Val!
Vance Trudeau recently did an interview with Blue Fish Radio - check it out here!!

Congratulations to Dr. Chris LeMoine (PDF, Walsh lab), who will be taking up a position as Assistant Professor at Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, this summer.  The comparative physiology group wishes you all the best!