“…great joy arises from taking the laboratory to the study organism rather than vice versa.” 

Per Scholander

Welcome to the Levesque Lab at the University of Maine. We study the evolutionary and ecological physiology of mammals (and the occasional bird) in relation to climate.

A diagram showing the connections between ecological physiology, evolutionary physiogy, thermal physiology, and how they lead to predicting the impacts of climate change.

I am always on the lookout for motivated undergraduate and graduate students, see Research page for details.

If you are interested in interdisciplinary research and having a strong social science component to your work check out our new National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program “Convergence of Social and Biophysical Sciences to Optimize Training in One Health“.

University of Maine Land Acknowledgement

The University of Maine recognizes that it is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation, where issues of water and territorial rights, and encroachment upon sacred sites, are ongoing. Penobscot homeland is connected to the other Wabanaki Tribal Nations — the Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Micmac — through kinship, alliances and diplomacy. The university also recognizes that the Penobscot Nation and the other Wabanaki Tribal Nations are distinct, sovereign, legal and political entities with their own powers of self-governance and self-determination.