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Heidy Contreras

Heidy Contreras

Associate Professor, Biology

Main: (909) 448-4016

Areas of research interest:
There are two major foci for my research. Overall, I am interested in the comparative physiology of osmotic regulation and the role that this plays in determining an organism’s life history strategies.  Through my research on this topic I have developed an appreciation for the energetic costs associated with the “decisions” (trade-offs) organisms must make in order respond to changes in their environment.  I am therefore developing a conceptual model to explain how feeding status may affect an organisms’ performance, and therefore the limits that an organism may face in their ability to respond to changes in the environment.  My broad research goals include integrating my specific interests with other disciplines to: 1) better understand the physiology, ecology and evolution of animal behavior, and 2) motivate and advance the field of conservation biology. Ultimately, my research program is geared to gaining a better understanding of how organisms will cope with changes in environmental humidity, a consequence of global warming.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • M.Sc., California State University, San Bernardino
  • B.A., California State University, San Bernardino