Dr Rebecca Cramp

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
r.cramp@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 58539

Overview

I am a comparative and environmental physiologist based at the University of Queensland whose research focuses primarily how the environment constrains the physiology of ectothermic vertebrates. I completed my PhD in 2005 with Prof. Craig Franklin at the University of Queensland. I have worked as a post-doctoral research assistant and Level A academic (post-doctoral research officer) with Prof. Franklin since. I have strong and highly diverse research program, incorporating fundamental, curiosity-driven research and increasingly, a more applied research agenda in the emerging field of conservation physiology. Conservation physiology explores the responses of organisms to anthropogenic threats and attempts to determine the ecophysiological constraints dictated by current conditions and future environmental change. My research interests encompass the general areas of osmo- and ion-regulation, digestive and thermal physiology, environmental drivers of physiological function (specifically immune function and disease susceptibility) and animal performance in anthropogenically modified environments.

Research Interests

  • Conservation Physiology
    Conservation physiology explores the responses of organisms to anthropogenic threats and attempts to determine the ecophysiological constraints dictated by current conditions and future environmental change. By taking a conservation physiology approach to studies of the impacts of environmental change on organisms, we can determine not only the degree of threat but most importantly an organisms’ capacity for acclimatisation/adaptation to these changes.
  • Integrative Physiology

Research Impacts

My research program, incorporates fundamental, curiosity-driven research and increasingly, a more applied research agenda in the emerging field of conservation physiology. By taking a conservation physiology approach to studies of the impacts of environmental change on organisms, we can determine not only the degree of threat but most importantly an organisms’ capacity for acclimatisation/adaptation to these changes. Exploring how organisms cope at environmental extremes and predicting how they respond to environmental change is becoming increasingly important as ecosystems are modified and threatened by human activity and climate change.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision