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

March 20: Start of Summer term registration

March 30: Good Friday (University Closed)

April 1: Easter Sunday (University Closed)

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Stephanie Tkachuk, MSc Defense: “A forward genetic screen for Caenorhabditis elegans pharyngeal gland cell defects and characterization of mutagenized strains with a homozygous viable gland cell under migration” — Friday, March 23 at 2 p.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Dr. Virginia Trimble: “TBA” — Friday, March 23 at 3 p.m., 527 Buller.

General seminar: Dr. Paul Cremer: “TBA” — Friday, April 6 at 3 p.m., 527 Buller.