Institution or affiliation:
Department of Biology, Section for Evolutionary Ecology Ecology Building, SE-223 62 Lund, Sweden
I studied ecology, animal physiology, and statistics at Lund University and the University of Auckland 2002-2006, and defended my M.Sc. thesis at Lund University in 2007. I studied for a Ph. D. in animal ecology a Lund University, under supervision from Jan-Åke Nilsson and Lars Råberg, and defended my dissertation “Effects of temperature on avian physiology, behavior and development” in 2013. This was followed by post-doctoral work at Lund University (2013; with Caroline Isaksson), the University of Glasgow (2013; with Barbara Helm), the University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway (2014-2017; with Lars Folkow), and the University of Glasgow (2018-2019; with Neil Metcalfe, Pat Monaghan, Dominic McCafferty). Since March 2019, I work as a researcher at the Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden, and am affiliate staff member at the University of Glasgow. I regularly engage in public outreach activities, such as popular lectures at NGOs, interviews in national media, and serve as a guide on natural history walks with the general public.
I am a broadly interested in the thermal biology or birds, particularly seasonal adaptations to deal with heat and cold in Arctic and temperate species. This works ranges from ecological studies in the wild to laboratory measurements of thermal and metabolic responses to cold/heat, measurement of thermal properties of plumage and feathers, and biophysical modelling of heat exchange, and various combinations thereof. I work mostly on small passerine birds (tits, flycatchers) and several species of ptarmigan. Current research is largely split between understanding seasonal variation in energy expenditure, thermoregulation, and immune function in high Arctic ptarmigan, and measuring functional variation in winter acclimatization (heat production, heat retention, cold tolerance) at sub- cellular-, organ-, and whole-animal levels in several species of sympatric, and ecologically similar, small birds. An increasing amount of time is also devoted to investigating how the risk of overheating constrains reproductive investment in breeding birds, and to studying energy expenditure during avian incubation in relation to the trade-off between parental investment and the success of eggs, embryos, and nestlings.
Vision for my work as a Council member
The EOU meetings have always been close to my heart in bringing together a wide range of European ornithology scholars from different disciplines in a friendly, interactive and highly qualitative environment. I have actively contributed to the EOU meetings as a symposium organizer and keynote speaker on every conference since that in Badajoz 2015. As a member of the EOU Council, I foresee I shall remain an active organizer of conference symposia, but would like to substantially further this work by taking part in developing the overall scientific direction of the EOU meetings. I am also interested in promoting the work of the EOU to a wider audience amongst the general public and, in particular, to work closely with the EOU Fledglings to actively involve doctoral students and junior postdocs in the Union.
by Martin Muir | Nov 6, 2019