Heather Liwanag

Assistant Professor Heather LiwanagHeather Liwanag, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

33-375 office
33-473 lab


Vertebrate Integrative Physiology Lab


B.S. Biology, University of California, San Diego
Ph.D. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Interests

  • Comparative Physiology
  • Thermal Biology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Evolutionary Physiology
  • Animal Behavior

Advising Interests

  • Biology of vertebrate animals, especially reptiles and marine mammals
  • Functional morphology
  • Environmental physiology


I am interested in the physiological adaptations of animals to their environment, and the evolutionary processes involved in those adaptations. Much of my research has focused on thermoregulation - the regulation of body temperature - in both endotherms and ectotherms.

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