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Julian Wall

Doctor of Philosophy, (Physiology)
Study Completed: 2010
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Corticosterone, fear behaviour and plasma corticosterone responses to stressors in Japanese quail

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Birds generate stress responses to help cope with changes in their environment.  Mr Wall investigated stress in birds by treating Japanese quail with an avian stress hormone, and by measuring the responses of quail to various stimuli that initiate stress responses and are called stressors.  Mr Wall’s most significant findings were that for individual birds the magnitudes of stress responses to the same class of stressor were positively correlated, whereas there were no relationships between the magnitudes of stress responses to different classes of stressor.  Mr Wall’s findings provide important new information on how birds respond to natural changes in their environments and to human disturbance.

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