Welcome to the Shartau Lab at the University of Texas at Tyler!
About me and my research
My research investigates the physiological mechanisms utilized by animals in response to natural and anthropogenic-driven environmental challenges. A key area of my research interest is investigating the acid-base and ion regulatory physiology of freshwater and marine animals to understand the effects of climate change-relevant CO2 increases.
I completed my PhD at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Colin Brauner where I investigated how vertebrates tolerate the very high CO2 levels (e.g. >30,000 uatm; 3 kPa CO2) found in many environments such as tropical freshwaters, aquaculture, and nests of reptiles. This work was conducted using over 20+ species of fish, as well as alligators and turtles. I then joined Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Pacific Biological Station as a postdoctoral Research Scientist with Dr. Stewart Johnson to investigate the impact of toxins produced by blue-green algae (cyanotoxins) on salmon physiology, and the presence of algal toxins in the marine water of southern British Columbia. Following that, I took up a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Prince Edward Island to identify biomarkers of algal toxicity in salmon. I have also collaborated with Dr. Dan Baker at Vancouver Island University on white sturgeon physiology. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler.