Dr Todd McWhorter

Dr Todd McWhorter
 Position Senior Lecturer in Physiology
 Org Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
 Email todd.mcwhorter@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8521 2896
 Location Floor/Room 1 11 ,  Eastick ,   Roseworthy
  • Qualifications

    Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (minor in Physiological Sciences), University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, December 2002. Dissertation Title: The integration of digestive, metabolic and osmoregulatory processes in nectar-eating birds. Advisor: Dr. Carlos Martínez del Rio.

    M.Sc. Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA, December 1997. Thesis Title: Energy assimilation, protein balance, and water absorption in broad-tailed hummingbirds, Selasphorus platycercus. Advisor: Dr. Carlos Martínez del Rio.

    B.Sc. Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, USA, May 1995.

  • Teaching Interests

    Veterinary physiology, comparative physiology, vertebrate physiological ecology, environmental physiology, nutrition, conservation physiology.

    I am currently the course coordinator for Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology III (VET SC 3520 A/BRW) taken by our 3rd year Veterinary Bioscience undergraduates.  Any queries or administrative matters regarding this course should be directed to me.

    I also teach into Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II, which is coordinated by Dr. Rachel Norris.

  • Research Interests

    I am a comparative/ecological/evolutionary physiologist interested in how animals function and how function evolves.  Over the past decade my research has focused primarily on the mechanisms of digestion and nutrient absorption, modelling digestive capacity, nutritional ecology, kidney function, and salt and water balance.

    More recently, my research program is expanding into the emerging area of conservation physiology and medicine- applying the concepts and methodologies of these fields to pressing problems in conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in general.

    I am always happy to talk to students about potential summer research, honours and PhD projects.

  • Research Funding

    Competitive grants and fellowships


    2010-2013 U.S. National Science Foundation- Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS- 1025886). Collaboration with W.H. Karasov & E. Caviedes-Vidal. $477000 USD

    2006-2008 Australian Research Council- Discovery Projects- Research Grant and Postdoctoral Fellowship (DP0665730), Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. Collaboration with P.A. Fleming & S.W. Nicolson. $290000 AUD

    2005 U.S. National Science Foundation- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant supplement (to IBN-0216709, W.H. Karasov PI). $12000 USD

    2003 U.S. National Science Foundation- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant supplement (to IBN-0216709, W.H. Karasov PI). $6000 USD

    1999-2001 U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation- Research Grant (#98-178). $76510 USD



    Holsworth Wildlife Endowment (grant to PhD student Shangzhe Xie). $5000 AUD

    BirdLife Australia- Stuart Leslie Research Award (PhD student Shangzhe Xie).

    $3000 AUD


    Holsworth Wildlife Endowment (grant to PhD student Shangzhe Xie). $5000 AUD

    2012 to 1998

    Thirteen small grants from 7 funding entities, details on request. $18485 USD

  • Publications

  • Community Engagement

    Summer Science Experience 2010-2014: Cardiovascular physiology

    University of Adelaide & Roseworthy Campus Open Days, 2009-2013

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