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Marsupial Physiology Patterns Topic of AMK Ranch Talk


July 11, 2011 — Marsupials from different continents and how they adapt to their respective environments is the topic for the summer seminar series Thursday, July 14, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Philip Withers and Christine Cooper, both from the University of Western Australia, will discuss "Patterns in Marsupial Physiology" at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 per person fee; reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Center at (307) 543-2463.

Withers and Cooper will discuss how marsupials are adapted to adverse hot and dry environments in Australia. Their combined research has focused on the influence of body size, taxonomic groupings and environmental factors that influence marsupial physiology.

Their talk will emphasize how body temperature, metabolic rate, insulation and evaporative water loss allow survival in relative extreme environments and how they are different from North American placental mammals.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and governmental scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Area.

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