Ana Breit

Research Graduate Student

Office Location: 307 Murray, University of Maine, Orono, Maine 04469

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Danielle Levesque

Biographical Statement:

I grew up in Wisconsin where I studied Biology and Wildlife Ecology. For my master’s degree, I studied pathogen transmission in Little Brown Bats with Dr. Craig Willis at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. I studied how body temperature regulation may affect an individual’s likelihood of acquiring a pathogen, which got me interested in thermoregulatory dynamics. I am now working on my Ph.D. with Dr. Danielle Levesque, studying the physiology of body temperature in tropical mammals.

Research Area:

With the Levesque lab, I study body temperature regulation in mammals. To answer the larger questions pertaining to the evolution of elevated body temperatures and how species may adapt to warmer climates, I do everything from constructing and analyzing global datasets to collecting the first physiological datasets from small mammals in the tropics of Borneo and Southeast Asia.

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