Animal facilities allow the manipulation of environmental variables and regular and repeated measurements to study physiological mechanisms accurately. The platform is used for research at the individual level in the fields of ecophysiology, evolutionary and behavioural ecology and ecotoxicology. Research topics such as the role of maternal effects in responding to climate change, the ecophysiology of parasitic host interactions (immunity, stress), genetics and plasticity of life history traits, and the impacts of heavy metals on individuals are discussed. Animal facilities also meet the needs of mesocosms and artificial lakes.
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