Lauren Nadler

Lauren Nadler
Nova Southeastern University | NSU · Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences

BA, MRes, PhD

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Introduction
I am an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University in Dania, Florida. My research focuses on the underlying mechanisms that cause animals to behave the way they do, particularly in group-living species. I am especially fascinated by the links between animal behavior and physiology, and aim to understand how these dynamics may change in response to biotic (e.g., parasite infection) or abiotic (e.g., environmental disturbance) factors.
Additional affiliations
July 2020 - present
Nova Southeastern University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
May 2020 - May 2020
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • I designed and coordinated an intensive undergraduate level course on scientific writing for publication for research-track veterinary students.
January 2019 - January 2020
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Position
  • Staff Mentor
Description
  • I coordinated a monthly meeting for graduate students to learn about scientific writing from researchers in a range of disciplines, who give interactive talks on topics related to writing and publishing in science.
Education
January 2013 - September 2016
James Cook University
Field of study
  • Marine Biology
September 2010 - September 2011
University of Glasgow
Field of study
  • Marine and freshwater ecology and environmental management
September 2003 - May 2007
Boston University
Field of study
  • Biology with a specialization in marine science

Publications

Publications (44)
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This study compares the critical oxygen saturation (O2crit) levels of the shiner perch Cymatogaster aggregata obtained using two different methods wherein hypoxia is induced either by the fish's respiration (closed respirometry) or by degassing oxygen with nitrogen (intermittent-flow respirometry). Fish exhibited loss of equilibrium at a higher O2...
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1. Predation theory and empirical evidence suggest that top-predators benefit the survival of resource prey through the suppression of mesopredators. However, whether such behavioural suppression can also affect the physiology of resource prey has yet to be examined. 2. Using a three-tier reef fish food-web and intermittent-flow respirometry, our...
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Many animals live in groups because of the potential benefits associated with defense and foraging. Group living may also induce a 'calming effect' on individuals, reducing overall metabolic demand. This effect could occur by minimising the need for individual vigilance and reducing stress through social buffering. However, this effect has proved d...
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Atmospheric CO2 is expected to more than double by the end of the century. The resulting changes in ocean chemistry will affect the behaviour, sensory systems and physiology of a range of fish species. Although a number of past studies have examined effects of CO2 in gregarious fishes, most have assessed individuals in social isolation, which can a...
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Some parasite species alter the behavior of intermediate hosts to promote transmission to the next host in the parasite's life cycle. This is the case for Euhaplorchis californiensis, a brain-encysting trematode parasite that causes behavioral changes in the California killifish (Fundulus parvipinnis). These manipulations increase predation by the...
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Using social groups (i.e. schools) of the tropical damselfish Chromis viridis, we test how familiarity through repeated social interactions influences fast-start responses, the primary defensive behaviour in a range of taxa, including fish, sharks, and larval amphibians. We focus on reactivity through response latency and kinematic performance (i.e...
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Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster spp.) is reported to have exceptional reproductive capacity, but this has been largely inferred based on the overall weight of gonads (and mostly for females), and there are limited estimates of the concentration of gametes within gametogenic tissues. This study quantified gamete concentrations for both male an...
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Although individuals within social groups experience reduced predation risk and find food patches more consistently, there can be competition for food among groupmates. Individuals with a higher standard metabolic rate (SMR) may be less social, to prioritize food acquisition over defense, while a greater maximum metabolic rate (MMR) may modulate so...
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As climate-driven heat waves become more frequent and intense, there is increasing urgency to understand how thermally sensitive species are responding. Acute heating events lasting days to months may elicit acclimation responses to improve performance and survival. However, the coordination of acclimation responses remains largely unknown for most...
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1. Metabolic costs associated with parasites should not be limited to established infections. Even during initial exposure to questing and attacking parasites, hosts can enact behavioural and physiological responses that could also incur metabolic costs. However, few studies have measured these costs directly. Hence, little is known about metabolic...
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Modulation of brain serotonin (5-HT) signalling is associated with parasite-induced changes in host behaviour, potentially increasing parasite transmission to predatory final hosts. Such alterations could have substantial impact on host physiology and behaviour, as 5-HT serves multiple roles in neuroendocrine regulation. These effects however remai...
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Research conducted on model organisms may be biased due to undetected pathogen infections. Recently, screening studies discovered high prevalence of the microsporidium Pseudoloma neurophilia in zebrafish (Danio rerio) facilities. This spore-forming unicellular parasite aggregates in brain regions associated with motor function and anxiety, and desp...
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Animals are exposed to variable and rapidly changing environmental flow conditions, such as wind in terrestrial habitats and currents in aquatic systems. For fishes, previous work suggests that individuals exhibit flow-induced changes in aerobic swimming performance. Yet, no one has examined whether similar plasticity is found in fast-start escape...
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Research on the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) has waxed and waned over the last few decades, mostly in response to population outbreaks at specific locations. This review considers advances in our understanding of the biology and ecology of CoTS based on the resurgence of research interest, which culminated in this current special is...
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The movement capacity of the crown-of-thorns starfishes (Acanthaster spp.) is a primary determinant of both their distribution and impact on coral assemblages. We quantified individual movement rates for the Pacific crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster solaris) ranging in size from 75–480 mm total diameter, across three different substrates (sand,...
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Research on the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) has waxed and waned over the last few decades, mostly in accordance with the occurrence of population outbreaks at key locations, such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This review considers advances in our understanding of the biology and ecology of CoTS based on the latest resurgence o...
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Individuals of gregarious species often group with conspecifics to which they are phenotypically similar. This among-group assortment has been studied for body size, sex and relatedness. However, the role of physiological traits has been largely overlooked. Here, we discuss mechanisms by which physiological traits—particularly those related to meta...
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In the UK, the Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) supports its most important shellfish fishery. Nephrops are sold either whole, or as “tails-only” for the scampi trade. In the “tailing” process, the “head” (cephalothorax) is discarded as waste. A smaller crustacean species, the Antarctic krill Euphasia superba, represents an economically valuabl...
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Like kids in a classroom, fish have to carefully choose their position in the group to maximise the benefits of collective-living, while limiting its tradeoffs. Collective group-living is particularly common in the marine environment, with over half of all fish species in the world’s oceans living in coordinated fish groups, called schools, at some...
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Australia’s coral reefs are currently under threat from a range of short- and long-term stressors. The ability of corals to recover from acute disturbance events, such as bleaching, cyclones and crown-of-thorns seastars outbreaks, is greatly influenced by the multitude of stressors reefs are currently experiencing (1). Since healthy coral habitat i...
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As coral reefs are home to dense aggregations of a variety of species, aggressive territoriality is often a critical component of individual behavior. Identification and assessment of the risk posed by intruders is crucial to defending a territory, and fishes on coral reefs have been found to attend to body shape, body size, and coloration when res...
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For coral reef fish with an obligate relationship to their habitat, like Pomacentrid damselfish, choosing a suitable home amongst the reef structure is key to sur-vival. A surprisingly small number of studies have ex-amined patterns in adult damselfish distributions com-pared to other ontogenetic phases. The aim of this study was to determine which...