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Refereed journal articles


Sørås R, Fjelldal MA, Bech C, van der Kooij J, Skåra KH, Eldegard K, Stawski C (2022) State dependence of arousal from torpor in brown long-eared bats (Plecotus auritus). Journal of Comparative Physiology B 192:815-827, doi:10.1007/s00360-022-01451-8.

Fjelldal MA, Sørås R, Stawski C (2022) Universality of Torpor Expression in Bats. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 95:326-339, doi:10.1086/720273.

Chenery M, Geiser F, Stawski C (2022) Thermal biology and roost selection of free-ranging male little forest bats, Vespadelus vulturnus, during winter. Journal of Mammalogy 103:836-834, doi:10.1093/jmammal/gyac022.

Doherty TS, Geary WL, Jolly CJ, Macdonald KJ, Miritis V, Watchorn DJ, Cherry MJ, Conner LM, González TM, Legge SM, Ritchie EG, Stawski C, Dickman CR (2022) Fire as a driver and mediator of predator–prey interactions. Biological Reviews 97:1539-1558, doi:10.1111/brv.12853.


Stawski C, Simmonds EG (2021) Contrasting physiological responses to habitat degradation in two arboreal mammals. iScience, 24:103453, doi:10.1016/j.isci.2021.103453.

Fjelldal MA, Wright J, Stawski C (2021) Nightly torpor use in response to weather conditions and individual state in an insectivorous bat. Oecologia 197:129-142, doi:10.1007/s00442-021-05022-6.

Skåra KH, Bech C, Fjelldal MA, van Der Kooij J, Sørås R, Stawski C (2021) Energetics of whiskered bats in comparison to other bats of the family Vespertilionidae. Biology Open 10:bio058640, doi:10.1242/bio.058640.


Geiser F, Bondarenco A, Currie SE, Doty AC, Körtner G, Law BS, Pavey CR, Riek A, Stawski C, Turbill C, Willis CKR, Brigham RM (2020) Hibernation and daily torpor in Australian and New Zealand bats: Does the climate zone matter? Australian Journal of Zoology 67:316-330, doi:10.1071/ZO20025.

Stawski C, Geiser F (2020) Growing up in a changing climate: how temperature effects the development of morphological, behavioural and physiological traits of a marsupial mammal. Frontiers in Physiology 11:49, doi:10.3389/fphys.2020.00049

Hume T, Geiser F, Currie SE, Körtner G, Stawski C (2020) Responding to the weather: energy budgeting by a small mammal in the wild. Current Zoology 66:15-20, doi:10.1093/cz/zoz023


Parker CA, Geiser F, Stawski C (2019) Thermal physiology and activity in relation to reproductive status and sex in a free-ranging semelparous marsupial. Conservation Physiology 7, doi:10.1093/conphys/coz073

Boyles JG, Levesque DL, Nowack J, Wojciechowski MS, Stawski C, Fuller A, Smit B, Tattersall GJ (2019) An oversimplification of physiological principles leads to flawed macroecological analyses. Ecology and Evolution 9:12020-12025, doi:10.1002/ece3.5721

Einum S, Ratikainen I, Wright J, Pélabon C, Bech C, Jutfelt F, Stawski C, Burton T (2019) How to quantify thermal acclimation capacity? Global Change Biology 25:1893-1894, doi:10.1111/gcb.14598

Stawski C, Doty AD (2019) A physiological understanding of organismal responses to fire. Current Biology 29:R1-R2, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2019.01.025


Geiser F, Stawski C, Doty AC, Cooper CE, Nowack J (2018) A burning question: what are the risks and benefits of mammalian torpor during and after fires? Conservation Physiology 6:coy057, doi:10.1093/conphys/coy057

Doty A, Currie SE, Stawski C, Geiser F (2018) Can bats sense smoke in deep torpor? Physiology and Behavior 185:31-38, doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2017.12.019

Nowack J, Stawski C, Körtner G, Geiser F (2018) Physiological and behavioral responses of an arboreal mammal to smoke and charcoal-ash substrate. Physiology and Behavior 184:116-121, doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2017.11.020

Currie SE, Stawski C, Geiser F (2018) Cold-hearted bats: uncoupling of heart rate and metabolism torpor at subzero temperatures. Journal of Experimental Biology 221, doi:10.1242/jeb.170894


Stawski C, Koteja P, Sadowska ET (2017) A shift in the thermoregulatory curve as a result of selection for high activity-related aerobic metabolism. Frontiers in Physiology 8:1070, doi:10.3389/fphys.2017.01070. Invited paper. 

Geiser F, Stawski C, Nowack J, Wacker C (2017) Phoenix from the ashes: fire, torpor, and the evolution of mammalian endothermy. Frontiers in Physiology 8:842, doi:10.3389/fphys.2017.00842. Invited paper. 

Stawski C, Hume T, Körtner G, Currie SE, Nowack J, Geiser F (2017) Post-fire recovery of the behaviour and physiology of a small mammal. Biology Letters 13:20170036, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2017.0036.

Nowack J, Stawski C, Geiser F (2017) More functions of torpor and their roles in a changing world. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 187:889-897, doi:10.1007/s00360-017-1100-y.

Stawski C, Nowack J, Körtner G, Geiser F (2017) A new cue for torpor induction: charcoal, ash and smoke. Journal of Experimental Biology 220:220-226, doi:10.1242/jeb.146548. Editor’s Choice and featured in Inside JEB.

Matthews J, Stawski C, Körtner G, Geiser F (2017) Torpor and basking after a severe wildfire: mammalian survival strategies in a scorched landscape. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 187:385-393, doi:10.1007/s00360-016-1039-4.


Levesque DL, Nowack J, Stawski C (2016) Modelling mammalian energetics: the heterothermy problem. Climate Change Responses 3:7, doi:10.1186/s40665-016-0022-3. Invited review. 

Stawski C, Rojas AD (2016) Thermal physiology of a reproductive female marsupial, Antechinus flavipes. Mammal Research 61:417-421, doi:10.1007/s13364-016-0287-8

Nowack J, Delesalle M, Stawski C, Geiser F (2016) Can hibernators sense and evade fires? Olfactory acuity and locomotor performance during deep torpor. The Science of Nature 103:73, doi:10.1007/s00114-016-1396-6

Stawski C, Currie SE (2016) Effect of roost choice on winter torpor patterns of a free-ranging insectivorous bat. Australian Journal of Zoology 64:132-137, doi:10.1071/ZO16030

Doty A, Stawski C, Currie SE, Geiser F (2016) Black or white? Physiological implications of roost colour and choice in a microbat. Journal of Thermal Biology 60:162-170, doi:10.1016/j.jtherbio.2016.07.015.

Stawski C, Körtner G, Nowack J, Geiser F (2016) Phenotypic plasticity of post-fire activity and thermal biology of a small mammal. Physiology and Behavior 159:104-111, doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2016.03.009

Doty A, Stawski C, Law BS, Geiser F (2016) Post-wildfire physiological ecology of an Australian microbat. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 186:937-946, doi:10.​1007/​s00360-016-1003-3.


Stawski C, Matthews J, Körtner G, Geiser F (2015) Physiological and behavioural responses of a small heterothermic mammal to fire stimuli. Physiology and Behavior 151:617-622, doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2015.09.002.

Stawski C, Valencak TG, Ruf T, Sadowska ET, Dheyongera G, Rudolf A, Maiti U, Koteja P (2015) Effect of selection for high activity-related metabolism on membrane phospholipid fatty acid composition in bank voles. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 88:668-679, doi:10.1086/683039

Stawski C, Körtner G, Nowack J, Geiser F (2015) The importance of mammalian torpor for survival in a post-fire landscape. Biology Letters 11:20150134, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2015.0134

Sadowska ET, Stawski C, Rudolf A, Dheyongera G, Chrząścik KM, Baliga-Klimczyk K, Koteja P (2015) Evolution of basal metabolic rate in bank voles from a multidirectional selection experiment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282:20150025, doi:10.1098/rspb.2015.0025. 

Stawski C, Koteja P, Sadowska ET, Jefimow M, Wojciechowski MS (2015) Selection for high activity-related aerobic metabolism does not alter the capacity of non-shivering thermogenesis in bank voles. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 180:51-56, doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2014.11.003.

Doty A, Stawski C, Nowack J, Bondarenco A, Geiser F (2015) Increased lyrebird presence in a post-fire landscape. Australian Journal of Zoology 63:9-11, doi:10.1071/ZO14053


Stawski C, Willis CKR, Geiser F (2014) The importance of temporal heterothermy in bats. Journal of Zoology 292:86-100, doi:10.1111/jzo.12105. Invited review. 


Stawski C, Geiser F (2012) Will temperature effects or phenotypic plasticity determine the thermal response of a heterothermic tropical bat to climate change? PLoS ONE 7(7):e40278, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040278

Stawski C (2012) Capture and care of northern long-eared bats (Nyctophilus bifax) and seasonal changes in insect abundance. Australian Mammalogy 34:245-250, doi:10.1071/AM11043


Stawski C, Geiser F (2011) Do season and distribution affect thermal energetics of a hibernating bat endemic to the tropics and subtropics? American Journal of Physiology 301:R542-R542, doi:10.1152/ajpregu.00792.2010

Geiser F, Stawski C (2011) Hibernation and torpor in tropical and subtropical bats in relation to energetics, extinctions, and the evolution of endothermy. Integrative and Comparative Biology 51:337-348, doi:10.1093/icb/icr042

Geiser F, Stawski C, Bondarenco A, Pavey CR (2011) Torpor and activity in a free-ranging tropical bat: implications for the distribution and conservation of mammals? Naturwissenschaften 98:447-452, doi:10.1007/s00114-011-0779-y


Stawski C (2010) Torpor during the reproductive season in a free-ranging subtropical bat, Nyctophilus bifax. Journal of Thermal Biology 35:245-249, doi:10.1016/j.jtherbio.2010.05.009

Stawski C, Geiser F (2010) Seasonality of torpor patterns and physiological variables of a free-ranging subtropical bat. Journal of Experimental Biology 213:393-399, doi:10.1242/jeb.038224

Stawski C, Geiser F (2010) Fat and fed: frequent use of summer torpor in a subtropical bat. Naturwissenschaften 97:29-35, doi:10.1007/s00114-009-0606-x


Stawski C, Turbill C, Geiser F (2009) Hibernation by a free-ranging subtropical bat (Nyctophilus bifax). Journal of Comparative Physiology B 179:433-441, doi:10.1007/s00360-008-0328-y.


Stawski C, Grigg GC, Booth DT, Beard LA (2006) Temperature and the respiratory properties of whole blood in two reptiles, Pogona barbata and Emydura signata. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 143:173-183, doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2005.11.014

Journal Articles

Scholarly book chapters


Stawski C (2012) Comparison of variables of torpor between populations of a hibernating subtropical/tropical bat at different latitudes. Pp 99-108 In: Ruf T, Bieber C, Arnold W, Millesi E (eds). Living in a seasonal world: thermoregulatory and metabolic adaptations. Springer, Heidelberg. 


Stawski C, Turbill C, Geiser F (2008) Prolonged torpor during winter in a free-ranging bat from subtropical Australia. Pp 353-360 In: Lovegrove BG, McKechnie AE (eds). Hypometabolism in animals: torpor, hibernation and cryobiology. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. 

Book Chapters

Scientific communication in peer reviewed journals


Stawski C (2018) Birds and bats: masters of hovering. Journal of Experimental Biology, doi:10.1242/jeb.170282

Stawski C (2018) Don’t want grumpy spiders? Keep it cool. Journal of Experimental Biology, doi:10.1242/jeb.170159

Stawski C (2018) The bond between tropical forests and orangutans. Journal of Experimental Biology, doi:10.1242/jeb.170035.

Stawski C (2018) Salmon nourish their children even after death. Journal of Experimental Biology, doi:10.1242/jeb.169896


Stawski C (2017) Swindling cuckoos: hawk-like call tricks hosts. Journal of Experimental Biology, doi:10.1242/jeb.147694

Stawski C (2017) Polar Regions and mountaintops are safe havens for caterpillars. Journal of Experimental Biology, doi:10.1242/jeb.147546

Stawski C (2017) The little feathered ecosystem engineer. Journal of Experimental Biology, doi:10.1242/jeb.147397

Stawski C (2017) Flexible activity aids survival in the Arctic. Journal of Experimental Biology, doi:10.1242/jeb.147272

Scientific Communication

Technical reports



Stawski C, Körtner G, Geiser F (2014) Specialist survey report continuation: Warrumbungle National Park post-fire fauna survey. Prepared for the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. (83 pages)


Stawski C, Körtner G, Geiser F (2013) Specialist survey report: Warrumbungle National Park post-fire fauna survey. Prepared for the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. (33 pages)

Technical Reports

Popular articles


Sørås R, Fjelldal MA, Stawski C, Eldegard K, Syvertsen PE, van der Kooij J (2020) Flaggermus er ingen trussel mot folkehelsen, men viktig for økosystemene (Bats are not a threat to public health, but important for ecosystems).


Stawski C (2017) Fighting fire with… torpor? Wildlife Australia Magazine, winter 2017 issue (pages 8-11).

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