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Fouzia Haider

Postdoctoral Fellow

Degrees:M.Sc.: Marine Environment and Resources – Specialization in Ecophysiology (University of Basque Country, Spain and University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA), Ph.D.: Marine Biology – Specialization in Mitochondrial physiology and Bioenergetics (University of Rostock, Germany)

Current Research

As an ecophysiologist, I am interested in understanding the effects of environmental factors like temperature on the physiology of organisms and their underlying survival mechanisms. For my postdoctoral project, I am investigating the effects of overwintering (prolonged and/or severe winter) in insect life stage and diapause, particularly in pest insects. Invasion of pest insects, such as pine beetles, ash borer, is causing a loss in Canada’s wood industry and the eastward encroachment of Mountain Pine Beetles (MPB) is increasing this concern. Therefore, my focus is to unveil the underlying mechanisms of their invasion and use these data in model prediction of the emergence of MPB after their winter diapause. This project will facilitate the understanding and managing the MPB attack in the Canadian forests.

Selected Publications

Steffen, J.B.M, Haider, F., Sokolov, E.P., Bock, C., Sokolova, I.M. (2021). Mitochondrial capacity and reactive oxygen species production during hypoxia and reoxygenation in the ocean quahog, Arctica islandica. Journal of Experimental Biology, 224 (21).

Noor, M.N., Wu, F., Sokolov, E.P., Falfushynska, H., Timm, S., Haider, F., Sokolova, I.M. (2021). Salinity-dependent effects of ZnO nanoparticles on bioenergetics and intermediate metabolite homeostasis in a euryhaline marine bivalve, Mytilus edulis. Science of the Total Environment, 774.

Haider, F., Timm, S., Bruhns, T., Noor, M.M., Sokolova, I.M. (2020). Effects of prolonged food limitation on energy metabolism and burrowing activity of an infaunal marine bivalve, Mya arenaria. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A, 250.

Haider, F., Falfushynska, H. I., Timm, S., Sokolova, I. M. (2020). Effects of hypoxia and reoxygenation on intermediary metabolite homeostasis of marine intertidal bivalves Mytilus edulis and Crassostrea gigas. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A, 242.

Sokolova, I. M., Sokolov, E. P., and Haider, F. (2019). Mitochondrial mechanisms underlying tolerance to fluctuating oxygen conditions: lessons from hypoxia-tolerant organisms. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 59(4):938-952.

Haider, F., Sokolov, E. P., Timm, S., Hagemann, M., Rayon, E. B., Marigomez, I., Izagirre, U., and Sokolova, I. M. (2019). Interactive effects of osmotic stress and burrowing activity on protein metabolism and muscle capacity in the softshell clam Mya arenaria. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A, 228:81-93.

Haider, F., Sokolov, E. P., and Sokolova, I. M. (2018). Effects of mechanical disturbance and salinity stress on bioenergetics and burrowing behavior of the soft-shell clam Mya arenaria. Journal of Experimental Biology, 221(4): jeb172643.

Haider, F., Falfushynska, H., Ivanina, A. V., and Sokolova, I. M. (2016). Effect of pH and bicarbonate on mitochondrial functions of marine bivalves. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A, 198:41-50.