Life Science Hour Seminar Series

Name:Marshall McCue
Affiliation:St. Mary's University, San Antonio TX
Title:Using stable isotopes to study animal physiology
Date:Friday, 12 May 2017
Location:Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.


McCue uses naturally occurring stable isotopes and artificially enriched isotope tracers to answer fundamental questions about the nutritional physiology and bioenergetics of a wide range of animals including, beetles, butterflies, fish, snakes, lizards, chickens, songbirds, rodents, bats, and humans. In this seminar he will highlight many of the experimental approaches he is perpetually refining. A central theme will be how researchers can combine traditional measurements of metabolic rates with purified 13C-labeled tracer molecules to quantify the flux of carbon between an animal and its environment.

About the Speaker:

Marshall McCue earned a B.Sc. in Zoology from University of Florida in 2001. In 2003 he earned his M.Sc. in Biology at University of California Irvine studying digestive physiology. He earned his Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Arkansas studying the physiology of starvation. He spent two years at Ben Gurion University in Israel studying the nutrition of migratory birds before accepting a faculty position at St. Mary’s University in 2010.

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