Gary Anderson
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Office W475 Duff Roblin
(204) 474-7496

Dr. Anderson graduate with a BSc (1991) and PhD (1995), from the University of St. Andrews Scotland. He then worked as an environmental consultant in Ontario for 3 years prior to returning to St. Andrews where he completed 2 post-docs in St. Andrews. These involved examining the endocrine regulation of salt and water balance in two species of elasmobranch, the European lesser spotted dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula and the euryhaline bullshark Carcharhinus leucas. This second post-doc was conducted in collaboration with Dr. Craig Franklin at the University of Queensland in Australia. He became a faculty member at the University of Manitoba in 2004.

Research Interests

Physiology, Physiological and endocrine mechanisms in primitive fish (the little skate, Raja erinacea and the lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens), endocrine regulation of key life essential physiological processes such as renal, extra-renal and cardiovascular function and their role in regulating volume and solute homeostasis

Recent Publications

  • Anderson, W.G. (2012). The endocrinology of 1α-hydroxycorticosterone in elasmobranch fish: A review. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A.
  • Anderson, W.G., Nawata, C.M., Wood, C.M., Piercey-Normore, M.D. and Weihrauch D. (2012). Body fluid osmolytes and urea and ammonia flux in the colon of two chondrichthyan fishes, the ratfish, Hydrolagus colliei, and spiny dogfish, Squalus acanthias. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 161, 27-35.
  • Ryan, C.P., Anderson, W.G., Gardiner, L.E. and Hare, J.F. (2012). Stress-induced sex ratios in ground squirrels: support for a mechanistic hypothesis. Behav. Ecol. 23, 160-167.
  • Zubair, S., Peake, S.J., Hare, J.F. and Anderson, W.G. (2012). The effect of temperature and substrate on the development of the cortisol stress response in the lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens, Rafinesque (1817) . Env. Biol. Fish 93, 577-587.
  • Allen, P.J., Weihrauch, D., Grandmaison, V., Dasiewicz, P.J., Peake, S.P. and Anderson, W.G. (2011). The influence of environmental calcium concentrations on calcium flux, compensatory drinking and epithelial calcium channel expression in a freshwater cartilaginous fish. J. Exp. Biol. 214, 996-1006.

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Dr. Karen Brassinga (Dept Microbiology, U of M) - Bacteria and urea balance in elasmobranch fish

Dr. Vince Palace (DFO Winnipeg) - Thyroid hormone development in larval lake sturgeon

Dr's Nikolaus Gantner (UVic) and Jim Reist (DFO Winnipeg) - Physiological ecology of arctic fishes

Important Dates

December 11 – December 21: Fall Term Exam Period (includes tests and midterm exams for Fall/Winter Term classes)

December 22 – January 1: Winter Holiday (University Closed)

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Karen Dunmall PhD Oral Defense: “Pacific salmon in the Canadian Arctic Indicators of Change” — Tuesday, December 19 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Matthew Doering, PhD Proposal: “Adding spice to fungicides: Discovery of novel genes operating in specialised metabolite biosynthesis in Piper spp. (Piperaceae)” — Wednesday, December 20 at 11 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Jared Field, MSc Defense: “Alternative splicing of Bnip3 modulates calcium signals to prevent mitochondrail-dependent cell death and regulate gene expression” — Wednesday, December 20 at 1 p.m., 201 BSB.