People

Clare Stawski
Lab Leader

My area of research expertise includes conservation animal physiology and ecology. Throughout my research career I have focussed on what physiological and behavioural traits are important for animals to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Along with my current position as a Lecturer in Terrestrial Vertebrate Ecology at the University of the Sunshine Coast (2022-), my professional experience includes: Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2017-2022), a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow from the Australian Research Council (2016-2017) and two postdoctoral research fellowships undertaken in Australia (2013-2015) and Poland (2011-2012).

Clare Stawski
Current members
Sarah Orchard
Honours candidate (2022) at the University of the Sunshine Coast
Effect of fire regime on insectivorous bats on K’gari island

Mari Aas Fjelldal
PhD candidate (2019- ) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
The physiological and ecological challenges faced by small bats in summer

Rune Sørås
PhD candidate (2018- ) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Physiological differences of bats along a latitudinal gradient
Past members
Silje Huse Skauge
MSc (2021-2022), Norwegian University of Science and Technology 
Torpor arousal rates in northern bats (Eptesicus nilssonii)

Helene Hannestad
 MSc (2020-2022)Norwegian University of Science and Technology 
The change of faecal cortisol concentration in two Norwegian bats as an effect of capture and handling

Luc Kieffer
MSc (2019-2020)Norwegian University of Science and Technology 
Environmental pollutants found in bats from different populations and how they affect physiological traits

Karoline Hansen Skåra
MSc (2018-2020)Norwegian University of Science and Technology 
Thermal physiology and energetics of whiskered bats

Anneli Steen Johansen
MSc (2018-2020)Norwegian University of Science and Technology 
Differences in cortisol levels between wild and captive juvenile Arctic Fox

Håvard Hald
MSc (2017-2019)Norwegian University of Science and Technology 
Cortisol measurements in female whiskered bats (Myotis mystacinus) during an extraordinarily warm and dry Norwegian summer

Melissa Chenery
Honours (2017-2018), University of New England
The behaviour and physiology of the little forest bat (Vespadelus vulturnus) during winter

Cassie Parker
Honours (2016-2017), University of New England
Behaviour and physiology of yellow-footed antechinus during the reproductive season