Great Salt Plains Lake, Oklahoma
Welcome to the DuRant Lab!
As an ecological physiologist I focus on physiological and organism-level responses of wildlife to various environmental stimuli. My research program focuses on two major lines of inquiry. First, how do parents influence the developmental environment of their young and what are the phenotypic implications for their offspring? Second, how do organisms respond physiologically to biotic and abiotic (e.g., environmental contaminants and disease) factors in their environment and what are the implications of these responses for the individual’s ability to survive and reproduce? We combine both laboratory and field techniques and use a highly integrative approach to investigate research questions, uniting concepts from ecological immunology, bioenergetics, stress physiology, and life history theory. In addition, we utilize diverse taxa, including amphibians, reptiles, and birds, choosing systems that are most conducive for investigating our research questions.