I am an integrative biologist interested in how physiological tools can be applied to the field of conservation biology. My work has primarily focused on determining whether metrics such as stress hormones, energetic metabolites, and body condition indices can reflect environmental quality and fitness. While my research endeavours have centred on validating such tools in avian and fish species, I am also broadly interested in how the vast array of physiological techniques can be integrated with wildlife conservation to better monitor and mitigate disturbance across species of concern. As a result, I also explore how barriers related to logistics, interpretation, and translation of knowledge may limit the uptake of physiology by practitioners and the carry-through of physiological monitoring to conservation success. I combine field, laboratory, spatial analysis, and social science (e.g., survey) techniques to explore my research questions.



Cooke SJ, Bergman JN, Madliger CL, Cramp RL, Beardall J, Burness GP, Clark TD, Dantzer B, de la Barrera E, Fangue NA, Franklin CE, Fuller A, Hawkes LA, Hultine KR, Hunt KE, Love OP, MacMillan HA, Mandelman JW, Mark FC, Martin LB, Newman AEM, Nicotra AB, Raby GD, Robinson SA, Ropert-Coudert Y, Rummer JL, Seebacher F, Todgham AE, Tomlinson S, Chown SL. One hundred research questions in conservation physiology for generating actionable evidence to inform conservation policy and practice. Conservation Physiology (In review)

Cooke SJ, Cramp RL, Madliger CL, Bergman JN, Reeve C, Rummer JL, Hultine KR, Fuller A, French SS, Franklin CE. Conservation physiology and the COVID-19 pandemic. Conservation Physiology (In review)

Elmer LK, Madliger CL, Blumstein DT, Elvidge CK, Fernandez-Juricic E, Horodysky AZ, Johnson NS, McGuire LP, Swaisgood RR, Cooke SJ (2021) Exploiting common senses: sensory ecology meets wildlife conservation and management. Conservation Physiology (In press)

Latchem E, Madliger CL, Abrams AEI, Cooke SJ (2021) Does aquatic light at night alter the subsequent diurnal behavior of a teleost fish? Water, Air and Soil Pollution (In press)

Madliger CL, Franklin CE, Love OP, Cooke SJ, editors. (2020) Conservation Physiology: Applications for Wildlife Conservation and Management. Oxford University Press, USA, 368 pp.

Raby G, Chapman JM, de Bruijn R, Eliason EJ, Elvidge CK, Hasler CT, Madliger CL, Nyboer EA, Reid AJ, Roche DG, Rytwinski T (2020) Teaching post-secondary students in ecology and evolution: Strategies for early-career researchers. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 13: 10.24908/iee.2020.13.3.e.

Cooke SJ, Madliger CL, Cramp RL, Beardall J, Burness G, Chown SL, Clark TD, Dantzer B, De La Barrera E, Fangue NA, Franklin CE (2020) Reframing conservation physiology to be more inclusive, integrative, relevant and forward-looking: reflections and a horizon scan. Conservation Physiology 8: 10.1093/conphys/coaa016.

Bergman JN, Bennett JR, Binley AD, Cooke SJ, Fyson V, Hlina BL, Reid CH, Vala MA, Madliger CL (2019) Scaling from individual physiological measures to population-level demographic change: Case studies and future directions for conservation management. Biological Conservation 238: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108242.

Madliger CL, Love OP, Hultine KR, Cooke SJ (2018) The conservation physiology toolbox: status and opportunities. Conservation Physiology 6: 10.1093/conphys/coy029.

Madliger CL (2017) Validation, values and vision: ways early career researchers can help propel the field of conservation physiology. Conservation Physiology 5: 10.1093/conphys/cox045.

Madliger CL, Cooke SJ, Love OP (2017) A call for more physiology at conservation conferences. Biodiversity and Conservation 26: 2507-2515.

Madliger CL, Franklin CE, Hultine KR, van Kleunen M, Lennox RJ, Love OP, Rummer JL, Cooke SJ (2017) Conservation physiology and the quest for a 'good' Anthropocene. Conservation Physiology 5: 10.1093/conphys/cox003.

Harris CM, Madliger CL, Love OP (2017) An evaluation of feather corticosterone as a biomarker of fitness and an ecologically-relevant stressor during breeding in the wild. Oecologia 183: 987-996.

Sorenson GH, Dey CJ, Madliger CL, Love OP (2017) Effectiveness of baseline corticosterone as a monitoring tool for fitness: a meta-analysis in seabirds. Oecologia 183: 353-365.

Harris CM, Madliger CL, Love OP (2016) Temporal overlap and repeatability of feather corticosterone levels: practical considerations for use as a biomarker. Conservation Physiology 4: 10.1093/conphys/cow051.

Madliger CL, Love OP (2016) Employing individual measures of baseline glucocorticoids as population-level conservation biomarkers: considering within-individual variation in a breeding passerine. Conservation Physiology 4: 10.1093/conphys/cow048.

Madliger CL, Love OP (2016) Conservation implications of a lack of relationship between baseline glucocorticoids and fitness in a wild passerine. Ecological Applications 26: 2730-2743.

Madliger CL, Love OP (2016) Do baseline glucocorticoids simultaneously represent fitness and environmental quality in a declining aerial insectivore? Oikos 125: 1824-1837.

Madliger CL, Cooke SJ, Crespi EJ, Funk JL, Hultine KR, Hunt KE, Rohr JR, Sinclair BJ, Suski CD, Willis CKR, Love OP (2016) Success stories and emerging themes in conservation physiology. Conservation Physiology 4: 10.1093/conphys/cov057.

Madliger CL, Semeniuk CAD, Harris CM, Love OP (2016) Assessing baseline stress physiology as an integrator of environmental quality in a wild avian population: implications for use as a conservation biomarker. Biological Conservation 192: 409-417.

Madliger CL, Love OP (2015) The power of physiology in changing landscapes: considerations for the continued integration of conservation and physiology. Integrative and Comparative Biology 55: 545-553.

Love OP, Madliger CL, Bourgeon S, Semeniuk CAD, Williams TD (2014) Evidence for baseline glucocorticoids as mediators of reproductive investment in a wild bird. General and Comparative Endocrinology 199: 65-69.

Madliger CL, Love OP (2013) The need for a predictive, context-dependent approach to the application of stress hormones in conservation. Conservation Biology 28: 283-287.

Madliger CL (2012) Toward improved conservation management: a consideration of sensory ecology. Biodiversity and Conservation 21: 3277-3286.



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