Sandra Fehsenfeld

Comparative Endocrinology Group Deputy Convenor

Sandra Fehsenfeld is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Geography at the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). As a molecular and environmental animal physiologist, she is interested in the phenotypic plasticity and acclimation/adaptation capacity of aquatic invertebrates (crustaceans) and vertebrates (teleosts) to their variable aquatic environment. Specifically, her research aims to investigate the role of acid-base regulation in a fluctuating habitat (particularly with respect to anthropogenic-induced environmental change altering water chemistry), and understand the specific mechanisms of acid-base regulation in aquatic animals. During her current tenure with Profs. Piero Calosi (UQAR, Canada) and Dirk Weihrauch (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada) her focus is on (i) the endocrine control of acid-base balance in crustaceans, (ii) the molecular physiology of hormones in crabs, and (iii) the potential involvement of endocrine disruption in the responses of crustaceans to global change. For her research, she aspires to an integrative research approach: from the whole living animal to isolated tissues to underlying genetic and cellular mechanisms, applying both fieldwork and lab-based (i.e. physiological and molecular) methodologies.

Université du Québec à Rimouski
Département de Biologie,
Chimie et Géographie300 Allée du Ursulines
Rimouski QC – G5L 3A1