Thermobiology Group

Convenor: Holly Shiels (University of Manchester) 

Thermal variation is a reality for most animals and occurs over diurnal and seasonal timescales. Recent concerns of ‘anthropogenic’-induced climate change has sparked renewed interest in the thermal biology of animals. The capacity of the genotype to produce distinct phenotypes under different environmental conditions is a widespread and powerful means by which animals can adapt to ensure performance and survival in a fluctuating thermal environment. 
The Thermobiology Group is composed of individuals interested in the profound effect temperature, and other environmental factors, have on biological life. Our interests span all kingdoms and all life stages. A key objective of this group is to bring physiologists, ecologists and conservation biologists together to explore how animals interact and adapt to their environment. 
Each year the SEB Thermobiology Group, in association with the Journal of Thermal Biology (JTB), hosts lecture at the SEB’s Annual Meeting. The list of annual lectures is given below. 

SEB meeting symposium


Lecture title

Special issue

Guest editors

2011 Glasgow, UK

Plasticity of Thermal Tolerance

Prof Ken Bowler

(University of Durham, UK)

Thermal acclimation, heat shock and photoperiod in the temperature responses of crab neuromuscular systems

JTB, vol 37, issue 3, April 2012

Holly Shiels (University of Manchester, UK) and Johannes Overgaard (University of Aarhus, Denmark)

2013 Valencia, Spain

Remodelling of Physiological Systems in Response to Environmental Change

Prof Hannah Carey (University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA)

Seasonal remodelling of the host-gut microbe symbiosis in hibernators

JTB, vol 44, pp. 1–130 (August 2014)

Holly Shiels (University of Manchester, UK) and Todd Gillis (University of Guelph, Canada)

2014 Manchester, UK

What sets the limit? How thermal limits, performance and preference in ectotherms are influenced by water and energy balance

Brent Sinclair

(University of Western Ontario, Canada)

Linking energetics and overwintering in temperate insects

JTB, vol 54, pp. 5–11 (December 2015)

Johannes Overgaard (University of Aarhus, Denmark) and John Terblanche (Stellenbosh University, South Africa)

2015 Prague, Czech Republic

Oxygen-and Capacity-Limited Thermal Tolerance (OCLTT): A Universal Concept

Prof Tobias Wang (Aarhus University, Denmark)

A critical analysis of whether oxygen transport determines upper critical temperatures in animals

Expected April 2016

Timothy Clark (Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia) and Felix Mark (Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany)

Humanature symposium - web


Natural History Museum, UK
11 - 12 November 2017