Todd McWhorter

Dr Todd McWhorter

Senior Lecturer in Physiology

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am a comparative/ecological/evolutionary physiologist interested in how animals function and how function evolves. Over the past decade my research has focused primarily on the mechanisms of digestion and nutrient absorption, modelling digestive capacity, nutritional ecology, kidney function, and salt and water balance.

More recently, my research program is expanding into the emerging area of conservation physiology and medicine- applying the concepts and methodologies of these fields to pressing problems in conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in general.

I am always happy to talk to students about potential summer research, honours and PhD projects.

I am a comparative/ecological/evolutionary physiologist interested in how animals function and how function evolves. Over the past decade my research has focused primarily on the mechanisms of digestion and nutrient absorption, modelling digestive capacity, nutritional ecology, kidney function, and salt and water balance.

More recently, my research program is expanding into the emerging area of conservation physiology and medicine- applying the concepts and methodologies of these fields to pressing problems in conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in general.

I am always happy to talk to students about potential summer research, honours and PhD projects.

Teaching Interests

Veterinary physiology, comparative physiology, vertebrate physiological ecology, environmental physiology, nutrition, conservation physiology.

I am currently the course coordinator for Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology III (VET SC 3520 A/BRW) taken by our 3rd year Veterinary Bioscience undergraduates.  Any queries or administrative matters regarding this course should be directed to me.

I also teach into Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II, which is coordinated by Dr. Rachel Norris.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 Co-Supervisor Lipid Utilization in Yellowtail Kingfish (Seriola Lalandi) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Samantha Naomi Chown
    2015 Co-Supervisor Equine Exercise Thermo Regulation and Endurance Exercise Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Part Time Dr Lidwien Verdegaal
    2015 Principal Supervisor Spatial Ecology, Habitat Utilisation and status of Leopard in the Mpumalanga Province Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Declan Robert Morris
    2013 Principal Supervisor The Physiology of Heat Stress in Wild Birds Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Shangzhe Xie
  • Position: Senior Lecturer in Physiology
  • Phone: 83137896
  • Email: todd.mcwhorter@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7956
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: Eastick, floor 1
  • Room: 1 11
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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