Dr Catherine Hambly

Dr Catherine Hambly
BSc Hons (Glasgow University 1996); PhD (Aberdeen University 2001)

Research Fellow

Dr Catherine Hambly
Dr Catherine Hambly

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Rm 319 Zoology Department School of Biological Sciences Aberdeen University

Research Interests

My interests lie in human and animal energetics. 

Current Research

PhD - I conducted my PhD on the energy cost of bird flight using 13C labelled bicarbonate. I measured the energy demands of flight in zebra finches, sunbirds, starlings and cockatiels. Major findings were that the flights costs when carrying loads were much lower than expected.

Post-doctoral studies - I have conducted several projects examining the effects of caloric restriction or high fat feeding on energy expenditure and appetite signals in mice. I have also examined gorging in mice and its effect on weight loss caused by the initiation of energy compensation mechanisms. I have examined whether limits to sustained energy intake at peak lactation are imposed by the capacity of the animal to dissipate body heat. This work is conducted on bank voles (Clethrionomys glareolus), a small wild animal with low litter size. 

Laboratory Manager - I currently manage the doubly labelled water facility.