Phil Matthews’ latest research, available online in The American Naturalist, proposes a new Neural Hypothesis for discontinuous gas exchange in insects. This hypothesis suggests that discontinuous gas exchange results from the thoracic and abdominal ganglia regulating ventilation in the absence of control from higher neural centers, and it is indicative of a sleeplike state.
Matthews, P.G.D. and White, C.R. (In press) Discontinuous gas exchange in insects: Is it all in their heads? American Naturalist.
A new paper, accepted this week for publication in Ibis, examines the relationship between sea surface temperature and rates of population change of great cormorants that breed near Disko Island, Greenland. Cormorant populations in this area increase in size when sea temperature is high and decrease when temperatures are low, suggesting that Arctic warming will lead to an increase in the population of these birds in Greenland.
White, C.R., Boertmann, D., Grémillet, D., Butler, P.J., Green, J.A., Martin, G.R. (In press) The relationship between sea surface temperature and population change of Great Cormorants breeding near Disko Bay, Greenland. Ibis
Research conducted in the White lab was presented in 5 talks and 4 posters at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting in Prague. The meeting was attended by Craig White, Philip Matthews, and Natalie Schimpf.