Comparative Respiratory Physiology
The Matthews Lab receives generous funding from NSERC, and was awarded a research infrastructure grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation's John R. Evans Leaders Fund to establish a facility for the study of insect respiratory adaptation.
Current projects are outlined below.
Darner nymph exuviae (Aeshna sp.)
Respiratory physiology of developmentally amphibious insects
Aquatic dragonfly nymph (Aeshna sp.)
Implantable fluorescent sensors for O2 measurement
~50 um-diameter silicone beads produced using microfluidics
Discontinuous breathing patterns in cockroaches
Nauphoeta cinerea cockroaches photographed while breathing continuously (top) and discontinuously (bottom)
Hot flowers: thermogenic waterlilies
Victoria cruziana flower in cross-section showing the large floral chamber. The flower can increase the temperature in this chamber by up to 10 °C above the temperature of the ambient air
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