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Christian Damsgaard

Assistant Professor, AIAS-COFUND Fellow

Christian Damsgaard
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My research investigates the physiological mechanisms underlying gas-exchange and ion-regulation in vertebrates. In my research, I integrate methodologies from cardiorespiratory- and neuro- physiology with molecular biology to illuminate the integrative physiological mechanisms underlying environmental adaptation. I combine this with broader phylogenetic comparative analyses to provide insight into macroevolutionary processes that shape the evolution of physiological systems. Using the gill and retina as model organ systems, my research specifically investigates the physiological mechanisms underpinning respiratory gas-exchange, compromises between gas-exchange and other physiological functions, and how those tradeoffs have been solved during major transitions in animal evolution.

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