Recent publications


  • BUSS P, MILLER M, FULLER A, HAW A, STOUT E, OLEA-POPELKA F, MEYER LCR. Post-induction butorphanol administration alters oxygen consumption to improve blood gases in etorphine-immobilized white rhinoceros. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia 45:57-67, 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaa.2017.03.008

  • HARDING, LE, SMITH FA, MURRAY IW, LEASE HM, MARTIN JT. Heat, sex and death: the curious tale of a desert mammal. In: Rowland S. (editor). Natural History of Death Valley and the Mojave Desert. University of California, USA: Berkeley Press, in press.

  • HETEM RS, MITCHELL D, DE WITT BA, FICK LG, MEYER LCR, MALONEY SK, FULLER A. Body temperature, activity patterns, and hunting in free-living cheetah: biologging reveals new insights. Integrative Zoology, in press. DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12341

  • HU Q, SNELLING E, SEYMOUR RS. Femoral bone perfusion during growth and locomotory development of the western grey kangaroo Macropus fuliginosus. Journal of Experimental Biology 221:jeb168625, 2018. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.168625

  • MITCHELL D. Conserving diggers: from gold miners to aardvarks. Journal of Conservation Physiology 6:coy024, 2018. DOI: 10.1093/conphys/coy024

  • MITCHELL D, LABURN HP. South African thermal physiology: highlights from the 20th Century. In: History of thermal physiology, Blatteis CM (editor). American Physiological Society Perspectives in Physiology Series. New York, Springer, in press.

  • MITCHELL D, SNELLING EP, HETEM RS, MALONEY SK, STRAUSS WM, FULLER A. Revisiting concepts of thermal physiology: predicting responses of mammals to climate change. Journal of Animal Ecology, in press. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12818


  • BARNETT A, BRACCINI M, DUDGEON C, PAYNE N, ABRANTES KG, SHEAVES M, SNELLING E. The utility of bioenergetics modeling in quantifying predation rates of marine apex predators: ecological and fisheries implications. Scientifc Reports 7: 12982. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-13388-y

  • DE LANGE SS, FULLER A, HAW A, HOFMEYR M, BUSS P, MILLER M, MEYER LCR. Tremors in white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) during etorphine-azaperone immobilization. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 88: a1466, 2017. DOI 10.4102/jsava.v88i0.1466

  • HENZI SP, HETEM RS, FULLER A, MALONEY SK, YOUNG C, MITCHELL D, BARRETT L, McFARLAND R. Consequence of sex-specific sociability for thermoregulation in male vervet monkeys during winter. Journal of Zoology 302: 193-200, 2017. DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12448

  • KIRCHHOF S, HETEM RS, LEASE LM, MILES DB, MITCHELL D, MÜLLER J, RÖDEL M, SINERVO B, WASSENAAR T, MURRAY IW. Thermoregulatory behavior and high thermal preference buffer impact of climate change in a Namib Desert lizard. Ecosphere 8: e02033, 2017. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2033

  • MALONEY SK, MARSH MK, MCLEOD SR, FULLER A. Heterothermy is associated with reduced fitness in wild rabbits. Biology Letters 13: 20170521, 2017. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0521

  • MITCHELL G, VAN SITTERT S, ROBERTS D, MITCHELL D. Body surface area and thermoregulation in giraffes. Journal of Arid Environments 145: 35-42, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2017.05.005

  • REY B, DUCHAMP C, ROUSSEL D. Uncoupling effect of palmitate is exacerbated in skeletal muscle mitochondria of sea-acclimatized king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 211: 56-60, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2017.06.009

  • REY B, FULLER A, MITCHELL D, MEYER LCR, HETEM RS. Drought-induced starvation of aardvarks in the Kalahari: an indirect effect of climate change. Biology Letters 13: 20170301, 2017. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0301

  • SNELLING EP, HU Q, TAGGART DA, FULLER A, MITCHELL D, FARRELL AP, MALONEY SK, SEYMOUR RS. Scaling of the ankle extensor muscle-tendon units and the biomechanical implications for bipedal hopping locomotion in the post-pouch kangaroo Macropus fuliginosus. Journal of Anatomy, 231: 921-930, 2017. DOI: 10.1111/joa.12715

  • STRAUSS WM, HETEM RS, MITCHELL D, MALONEY SK, O’BRIEN H, MEYER LCR, FULLER A. Body water conservation through selective brain cooling by the carotid rete: a physiological feature for surviving climate change? Conservation Physiology 5, 2017. DOI: 10.1093/conphys/cow078

  • TRETHOWAN P, FULLER A, HAW A, HART T, MARKHAM A, LOVERIDGE AJ, HETEM R, DU PREEZ B, MACDONALD DW. Getting to the core: internal body temperatures help reveal the ecological function and thermal implications of the lions’ mane. Ecology and Evolution 7: 253-262, 2017. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.255

  • YOUNG C, GANSWINDT A, McFARLAND R, DE VILLIERS C, VAN HEERDEN J, GANSWINDT S, BARRETT L, HENZI SP. Faecal glucocorticoid metabolite monitoring as a measure of physiological stress in captive and wild vervet monkeys. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 253:53-59, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2017.08.025


  • BUSS P, MILLER M, FULLER A, HAW A, WANTY R, OLEA-POPELKA F, MEYER L. Cardiovascular effects of etorphine, azaperone and butorphanol combinations in chemically immobilized captive white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 47:834-43, 2016. DOI: 10.1638/2015-0298.1

  • CROWE-RIDDELL JM, SNELLING EP, WATSON AP, Kyuseop SUH A, PARTRIDGE C, SANDERS KL. The evolution of scale sensilla in the transition from land to sea in elapid snakes. Open Biology 6:160054, 2016. DOI: 10.1098/rsob.160054

  • FULLER A, MITCHELL D, MALONEY SK, HETEM RS. Towards a mechanistic understanding of the responses of large terrestrial mammals to heat and aridity associated with climate change. Climate Change Responses 3: 1-19, 2016. DOI: 10.1186/s40665-016-0024-1

  • HAW AJ, MEYER LCR, FULLER A. Nalbuphine and butorphanol reverse opioid-induced respiratory depression but increase arousal in etorphine-immobilized goats (Capra hircus). Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia 43:539-48, 2016. DOI: 10.1111/vaa.12343

  • HAW AJ, MEYER LCR, GREER JJ, FULLER A. Ampakine CX1942 attenuates opioid-induced respiratory depression and corrects the hypoxaemic effects of etorphine in immobilized goats (Capra hircus). Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia 43:528-38, 2016. DOI: 10.1111/vaa.12358

  • HETEM RS, MALONEY SK, FULLER A, MITCHELL D. Heterothermy in large mammals: inevitable or implemented? Biological Reviews 91:187-205, 2016. DOI: 10.1111/brv.12166

  • MCFARLAND R, HENZI P, BARRETT L, WANIGARATNE A, COETZEE E, FULLER A, HETEM RS, MITCHELL D, MALONEY SK. Thermal consequences of increased pelt loft infer an additional utilitarian function for grooming. American Journal of Primatology 78:456-61, 2016. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22519

  • MOLE M, D’ARAUJO S, VAN AARDE R, MITCHELL D, FULLER A. Coping with heat: behavioural and physiological responses of savanna elephants in their natural habitat. Conservation Physiology 4:cow044, 2016. DOI: 10.1093%2Fconphys%2Fcow044

  • MURRAY IW, FULLER A, LEASE HM, MITCHELL D, HETEM RS. Ecological niche separation of two sympatric insectivorous lizard species in the Namib Desert. Journal of Arid Environments 124:225-32, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.08.020

  • MURRAY IW, LEASE HM, HETEM RS, MITCHELL D, FULLER A, WOODBORNE S. Stable isotope analysis of diet confirms niche separation of two sympatric species of Namib Desert lizard. Integrative Zoology 11:60–75, 2016. 10.1111/1749-4877.12170

  • REY B, FULLER A, HETEM RS, LEASE HM, MITCHELL D, MEYER LCR. Microchip transponder thermometry for monitoring core body temperature during capture of antelope. Journal of Thermal Biology 55:47-53, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2015.11.010

  • REY B, DéGLETAGNE C, BODENNEC J, MONTERNIER P-A, MORTZ M, ROUSSEL D, ROMESTAING C, ROUANET J-L, TORNOS J, DUCHAMP C. Hormetic response triggers multifaceted anti-oxidant strategies in immature king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus). Free Radical Biology and Medicine 97:577-587, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2016.07.015

  • SEYMOUR RX, BOSIOCIC V, SNELLING EP. Fossil skulls reveal that blood flow rate to the brain increased faster than brain volume during human evolution. Royal Society Open Science 3:160305, 2016. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160305

  • SNELLING EP, SEYMOUR RS, GREEN JEF, MEYER LCR, FULLER A, HAW A, MITCHELL D, FARRELL AP, COSTELLO M-A, IZWAN A, BADENHORST M, MALONEY SK. A structure–function analysis of the left ventricle. Journal of Applied Physiology 121:900-909, 2016. DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00435.2016

  • STRAUSS WM, HETEM RS, MITCHELL D, MALONEY SK, MEYER LCR, FULLER A. Three African antelope species with varying water dependencies exhibit similar selective brain cooling. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 186:527-40, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s00360-016-0968-2

  • TRETHOWAN PD, HART T, LOVERIDGE AJ, HAW A, FULLER A, MACDONALD DW. Improved homeothermy and hypothermia in African lions during gestation. Biology Letters 12: 20160645, 2016. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0645