We conduct fundamental and applied organismal physiology research in the context of the environment.

Our research spans levels of biological organisation - from molecules to whole individuals, to global patterns in macrophysiology. It also spans life history stages, from the earliest developmental processes to ageing. We use a range of cutting-edge techniques such as single-cell RNA and ATAC-sequencing, gene editing, advanced microscopy and remotely operated sensors. Researchers in the ecophysiology cluster work in a diverse range of microbial, plant and animal systems, both in vivo and in vitro – including organoid work. Groups within our cluster are focussed on topics such as uncovering mechanisms that link genotypes to phenotypes; energy utilisation, metabolism and nutrition; physiological trade-offs in a changing world; genetic regulation of applied and desirable traits (in plants & animals); immunology and parasitology; the physiology of invasive phenotypes; eco-evo-devo and stress tolerance.

Cluster lead = Victoria Sleight, please contact for more information.

Banner photo credits: sea cages - Sam Martin, rice field - Gareth Norton, whale fluke - Jo Kershaw, histological section - Ela Krol, snail larvae - Vicky Sleight and beehive - Fabio Manfredini.

Research Cluster Members