The evolution of breathing patterns in animals

Project: Research

Project Description

Although breathing is usually regarding as a continuous process, many species voluntarily hold their breath
for up to several hours at a time. This pattern of periodic breathing is shown by a range of animals including
mammals, reptiles, and insects, yet the reasons why they hold their breath is unknown. The proposed project
will examine the evolution of breathing patterns in the context of climate and atmospheric conditions. The
outcomes of the study will: provide insight into the evolution of fundamental characteristic of animals
(breathing), describe the role of climate in shaping how animals breathe, and demonstrate how animals will
cope with climate change.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/07/1331/12/17

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD350,394.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD130,152.00