Meghan Duell is a postdoctoral researcher working in Brent Sinclair’s low temperature biology lab at the University of Western Ontario. She studies the processes of acclimation and freezing in spring field crickets and the notorious emerald ash borer to determine how they tolerate cold and/or freezing temperatures, how cold and ice cause damage to cells and tissues, how cold exposure affects behaviour and growth, and what regulates physiological responses to cold, freezing and recovery.
The emerald ash borer work is done in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada and The Great Lakes Forestry Centre. Prior to her postdoctoral work, she completed her PhD in Animal Behaviour at Arizona State University and conducted her research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Her dissertation was about how body size affects behavioural performance in stingless bees, and the physiological mechanisms governing that performance.