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Conversation: extraordinary creatures

We share our planet with many remarkable species. Here, experts tell us about these incredible animals, their astonishing physiology and how they live in some of the Earth’s most remarkable environments.

 


Picture of common tenrecTenrec ecaudatus (the common tenrec)

Frank van Breukelen tells us about the common tenrec.

 

 


 

Conversation: JEB@100

Journal of Experimental Biology celebrated 100 years of discovery in 2023 and, as part of our reflections, we invited journal Editors to tell us their thoughts about the journal and to look to the future.

 


Picture of Monica DaleyMonica Daley

Monica Daley is a JEB Monitoring Editor and is based at University of California, Irvine, USA.

 

 


Picture of John TerblancheJohn Terblanche

John Terblanche is a JEB Monitoring Editor and is based at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

 

 


Picture of Stuart EggintonStuart Egginton

Stuart Egginton is a JEB Monitoring Editor and is based at the University of Leeds, UK.

 

 


Picture of Almut KelberAlmut Kelber

Almut Kelber is a JEB Monitoring Editor and is based at Lund University, Sweden.

 

 


Picture of Sheila PatekSheila Patek

Sheila Patek is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of JEB and is based at Duke University, USA.

 

 


Picture of Katie GilmourKatie Gilmour

Katie Gilmour is a JEB Monitoring Editor and is based at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

 

 


Picture of Sanjay SaneSanjay Sane

Sanjay Sane is a JEB Monitoring Editor and is based at the National Center for Biological Sciences, India.

 

 


Picture of Craig FranklinCraig Franklin

Craig Franklin is Editor-in-Chief of JEB and is based at the University of Queensland, Australia.

 

 


 

Conversation: in the field

JEB authors sometimes go to the ends of the earth to answer the questions that intrigue them, but the inside stories behind each research paper are rarely told. Here, we present a series of interviews in which authors discuss the role of fieldwork in their research, the places that they visit, together with the challenges and risks they have to overcome and their experiences of working with animals in their natural environments.

Read the Editorial to find out more about the series. All researchers featured in Conversation were nominated by JEB Editors or Editorial Advisory Board members. If you would like to recommend a scientist to be interviewed, please contact the Editorial Office.

 


Picture of Marie DackeMarie Dacke

Marie Dacke is a Professor at Lund University, Sweden, where she investigates visual adaptations and navigation by insects.

 

 


Picture of Chris WoodChris Wood

Chris Wood is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and an Emeritus Distinguished Professor at McMaster University, Canada, investigating physiology and aquatic toxicology.

 

 


Picture of Sönke JohnsenSönke Johnsen

Sönke Johnsen is a Professor at Duke University, USA, investigating visual ecology.

 

 


Picture of Martha MunozMartha Muñoz

Martha Muñoz is an Assistant Professor at Yale University, USA, investigating the evolutionary biology of anole lizards and lungless salamanders.

 

 


Picture of Harald WolfHarald Wolf

Harald Wolf has recently retired as a Professor at the University of Ulm, Germany, where he investigated navigation, locomotor control and sensorimotor integration in invertebrates.

 

 


Picture of Roger HanlonRoger Hanlon

Roger Hanlon is a Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, USA, where he investigates body patterning and colour change in cephalopods.

 

 


Picture of Glenn TattersallGlenn Tattersall

Glenn Tattersall is a Professor at Brock University, Canada, where he investigates the mechanisms of animal adaptations to extreme environments.

 

 


Picture of Wendy HoodWendy Hood

Wendy Hood is an Associate Professor at Auburn University, USA, where she investigates the mechanisms underlying life history variation.

 

 


Rohini BalakrishnanRohini Balakrishnan

Rohini Balakrishnan is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, where she investigates animal communication and bioacoustics.

 

 


Robyn HetemRobyn Hetem

Robyn Hetem is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where she is a conservation physiologist.

 

 


Picture of Katsufumi SatoKatsufumi Sato

Katsufumi Sato is a Professor at The University of Tokyo, Japan, where he investigates the behaviour of top marine predators.

 

 


Picture of Holly ShielsHolly Shiels

Holly Shiels is a Reader at The University of Manchester, UK, where she investigates cardiac physiology in ectotherms.

 

 

 


Picture of Sandra Binning Picture of Dominique Roche Sandra Binning and Dominique Roche

Sandra Binning is an Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal, Canada, and Dominique Roche is a Marie Curie Fellow at Carleton University, Canada. Together, they investigate how animals respond to environmental stressors. 

 

 


Picture of Craig FranklinCraig Franklin

Craig Franklin is a Professor at The University of Queensland, Australia, where he investigates the physiological and behavioural responses of fish, frogs and reptiles to changing environmental conditions.

 

 


 

Conversation: early-career researchers

As a community journal, JEB is keen to support the next generation of scientists. Here, we present a series of interviews in which early-career researchers discuss their work and the journeys that have led them to where they are now, together with wider issues in research and publishing and what they think will and should change in the future.

Read the Editorial to find out how else JEB supports junior scientists.

All researchers featured in Conversation were nominated by JEB Editors or Editorial Advisory Board members. If you would like to recommend a scientist to be interviewed, or if you are an early-career researcher yourself and would like to suggest other initiatives in which JEB can support you, please contact the Editorial Office.

 


Picture of Sandy KawanoSandy Kawano

Sandy Kawano is an Assistant Professor at George Washington University, USA, where she studies biomechanics and physiology to address the origins and maintenance of biodiversity.

 

 


Picture of Michael RosarioMichael Rosario

Michael Rosario is an Assistant Professor at West Chester University, USA, where he studies elastic mechanisms in biology.

 

 

 


Picture of Sharlene SantanaSharlene Santana

Sharlene Santana is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington, USA, where she studies the relationships between morphology, function, behaviour and ecology in bats and other mammals, and she is also the Curator of Mammals at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

 

 


Picture of Cosima PorteusCosima Porteus

Cosima Porteus is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK, where she studies how fish sense, interact with and respond to their environment.

 

 


Picture of Heath MacMillanHeath MacMillan

Heath MacMillan is an Assistant Professor at Carleton University, Canada, where he studies the physiological mechanisms limiting ectotherm performance.

 

 


Picture of Marianne PorterMarianne Porter

Marianne Porter is an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University, USA, where she studies biomechanics, functional morphology, and bioinspired robotics.

 

 


Picture of Danielle LevesqueDanielle Levesque

Danielle Levesque is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine, USA, where she studies hibernation and torpor in mammals.

 

 


Picture of Chris RichardsChris Richards

Chris Richards is a Research Fellow at The Royal Veterinary College (RVC), UK, where he studies the evolution of the frog musculo-skeletal system.

 

 


Picture of Philip MatthewsPhilip Matthews

Philip Matthews is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where he studies the respiratory adaptations of animals.

 

 


Picture of Erika EliasonErika Eliason

Erika Eliason is an Assistant Professor at University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, where she studies ecological and evolutionary physiology.

 

 


Picture of Simon SponbergSimon Sponberg

Simon Sponberg is an Assistant Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, where he studies neuromechanics and locomotor control.

 

 


Picture of Yossi YovelYossi Yovel

Yossi Yovel is an Assistant Professor at Tel-Aviv University, Israel, where he studies bat echolocation.

 

 

 


Picture of Brooke FlammangBrooke Flammang

Brooke Flammang is an Assistant Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, where she investigates how organisms interact with their environment and how these interactions drive the evolutionary selection of morphology and function.

 

 


Picture of Paloma Gonzalez BellidoPaloma Gonzalez Bellido

Paloma Gonzalez Bellido is a Lecturer in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, UK, where she investigates insect vision.

 

 


Picture of Jodie RummerJodie Rummer

Jodie Rummer is an Associate Professor at James Cook University, Australia, where she specialises in conservation physiology.

 

 


Picture of Kakani KatijaKakani Katija

Kakani Katija is a Principal Engineer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA, where she designs and builds instrumentation to study marine invertebrate ecomechanics.

 

 


Picture of Graham ScottGraham Scott

Graham Scott is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University, Canada, where he studies the integrative biology of how animals cope in challenging environments.

 

 


Picture of Jeremy GoldbogenJeremy Goldbogen

Jeremy Goldbogen is an Assistant Professor at the Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, USA, where he studies the integrative biology of vertebrate filter feeders from forage fish to baleen whales.

 

 


Picture of Lauren O'Connell Lauren O'Connell

Lauren O'Connell is a Bauer Fellow at Harvard University, USA, where she studies genetic and environmental contributions to behaviour and physiology in poison frogs.

 

 


Picture of Caroline Williams Caroline Williams

Caroline Williams is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, where she studies evolution of metabolic physiology in ectotherms.

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