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In conversation with...Steven Cooke
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

I first met Steve at the SEB Meeting in Valencia 2013, where he was helping Oxford University Press to promote the recently launched SEB journal, Conservation Physiology , for which he is the founding Editor- in-chief. Recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and a recognised leader in his field, Steve, who is based at Carleton University, Ottawa, describes his research interests as ‘eclectic’.

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Comparative physiology - experiencing a revolution
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

What happens when you bring together comparative physiologists, evolutionary biologists and geneticists in the same room? The answer: Dynamic discussion and exciting new collaborations, as was demonstrated at the satellite session “Genome-powered perspectives in integrative physiology and evolutionary biology” at the 2015 SEB Annual Meeting in Prague. During the meeting, I managed to catch up with session co-chair Michael Berenbrink (University of Liverpool).

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Liquid Assets- Accounting for every drop
Spring 2015
28 February 2015

“Necessity is the mother of invention”, as the saying goes. In a world where water can be critically limiting, plants and animals have evolved some amazing innovations to make the most of every drop. Cutting off limbs, making protein from muscles and organs, not urinating for several months…there is no end to the lengths some species will go to, when it comes to overcoming water deficit.

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Efficacy of a sensory deterrent and pipe modifications in decreasing entrainment of juvenile green sturgeon at unscreened water diversions
Spring 2015
28 February 2015

Sturgeon have survived the tests of evolutionary and geologic time, but man-made water diversion pipes may be one their most significant threats to date. When unscreened, diversion pipes, which re-direct water from rivers and levees for agriculture, draw in small fishes that may be killed by irrigation pumps or stranded in irrigated channels