Prof. Fritz Geiser

Prof. Fritz Geiser
Photographer: Michal Roche-Ben Ami

Fritz Geiser received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, a PhD from the Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, and held post-doctoral positions at the University of Washington, USA, and the University of Adelaide. Since 1998 he has worked in Zoology at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia. During this time Geiser has conducted projects in Argentina (Patagonia), Austria, Canada, China, Germany, South Africa and the USA. He is interested in comparative and environmental physiology of animals and most of his work concerns ecological physiology and biochemistry of mammals and birds, especially with regard to hibernation and daily torpor. He has published over 240 papers on these and related topics and received a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) from the Australian Research Council for his work. Currently, he is Director of the Centre of Excellence for Behavioural and Physiological Ecology and Madgwick Distinguished Professor (Research) at the University of New England.


Recent References:

-Geiser F (2013) Hibernation. Current Biology 23: R188-R193

-Geiser F, Currie SE, O’Shea KA, Hiebert SM (2014) Torpor and hypothermia: reversed hysteresis of metabolic rate and body temperature. American Journal of Physiology 307: R1324-R1329

-Ruf T, Geiser F (2015) Daily torpor and hibernation in birds and mammals. Biological Reviews 90: 891-926

-Geiser F, Stawski C, Wacker CB, Nowack J (2017) Phoenix from the ashes: fire, torpor and the evolution of endothermy. Frontiers in Physiology 8: 842


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