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Oliver H. Wearing

Oliver H. Wearing


MSc Candidate, Scott Lab, McMaster University

Past Undergraduate Thesis Student (BSc (Hons.) in Zoology with Industrial Experience) in Shiels Lab

During my undergraduate degree, my research focused on investigating the long-term effects of developmental hypoxia on the cardiovascular physiology and metabolism of common snapping turtles, Chelydra serpentina. This work took place during my year in industry in the lab of Dr Dane Crossley, at the University of North Texas, USA. My time in the Shiels laboratory involved investigating the effects of chronic and acute changes in dissolved gas concentrations on the physiology of trout. During this time, I also researched jumping spider courtship behaviour with Dr. Tucker Gilman and Dr. Daniela Delneri on the courtship.

Now in graduate school in the lab of Dr Graham Scott at McMaster University, my research aims to elucidate the effects of high-altitude ancestry/acclimation on the cardiovascular physiology of North American deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus), which has the largest altitudinal range of any of the continent’s mammals. Using vascular cannulation and radio telemetry techniques, my current work largely involves measurement of in vivo cardiovascular phenotypes in conscious mice in response to acute and chronic hypoxia and how this dictates blood delivery to respiring tissues.


WEARING OH, CONNER J, NELSON D, CROSSLEY J, CROSSLEY II DA. (in review) Embryonic hypoxia programs postprandial cardiovascular function in adult common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina). J Exp Biol

WEARING OH, EME J, RHEN T, CROSSLEY II DA (2016) Phenotypic plasticity in the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina): Long-term physiological effects of chronic hypoxia during embryonic development. American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology 310: R176-R184.

CROSSLEY II DA, WEARING OH, PLATZACK B, HARTZLER LK, HICKS JW (2015) Acute and chronic temperature effects on cardiovascular regulation in the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta). Journal of Comparative Physiology B 185: 401-411.

WEARING OH (2015) What’s a guy gotta do? Sexual selection and spiders. Biological Sciences Review 28: 34-38.

WEARING OH, DELNERI D, GILMAN RT (2014) Limb displays of male Saitis barbipes (Simon 1868) (Araneae: Salticidae). Arachnology 16: 219-224.