SICB Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology (DEDB)

DEDB Researchers Database Entry

Matthias Starck

Research on Inuit dogs in Greenland (photo: Nadine Gerth)
In my lab, we study phenotype-environment interactions in vertebrates, i.e., we are interested in structural and functional responses of the organism to changes in the environment. We integrate morphological and physiological approaches to gain a mechanistic understanding of phenotype changes. We use non-invasive Duplex-ultrasonography in combination with minimal invasive biopsy techniques to obtain repeated measures of individuals under variable physiological conditions in the field and in the lab. The goal of this research program is to understand patterns and processes underlying organ size changes on the basis of cellular mechanisms. Current projects include studies on sled dogs in Greenland, digestive physiology of constrictor snakes, and a comparative study heart function of sauropsids under different physiological conditions.