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Dr. Derrick Groom

PhD – Cell & Systems Biology – 2016

Thesis title: “Hummingbird Hovering Energetics and Flight Capacities Across Elevational Gradients.


Ph.D. (University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada)

B.S. (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Currently a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Alex Gerson at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.




Selected Publications

Groom, D. J. E., Kuchel, L. and Richards, J. G. (2013). Metabolic responses of the South American ornate horned frog (Ceratophrys ornata) to estivation. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 164, 2–9. Download
Speers-Roesch, B., Mandic, M., Groom, D. J. E. and Richards, J. G. (2013). Critical oxygen tensions as predictors of hypoxia tolerance and tissue metabolic responses during hypoxia exposure in fishes. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 449, 239–249. Download
Groom, D. J. E., Toledo, M. C. B. and Welch, K. C. (2017). Wingbeat kinematics and energetics during weightlifting in hovering hummingbirds across an elevational gradient. J Comp Physiol B 187, 165–182. Download
Skandalis, D. A., Segre, P. S., Bahlman, J. W., Groom, D. J. E., Jr, K. C. W., Witt, C. C., McGuire, J. A., Dudley, R., Lentink, D. and Altshuler, D. L. (2017). The biomechanical origin of extreme wing allometry in hummingbirds. Nature Communications 8, 1047. Download
Groom, D. J. E., Toledo, M. C. B., Powers, D. R., Tobalske, B. W. and Welch, K. C. (2018). Integrating morphology and kinematics in the scaling of hummingbird hovering metabolic rate and efficiency. Proc. R. Soc. B 285, 20172011. Download
Groom Derrick J. E., Deakin Jessica E., Lauzau M. Collette and Gerson Alexander R. (2019). The role of humidity and metabolic status on lean mass catabolism in migratory Swainson’s thrushes (Catharus ustulatus). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286, 20190859.
Groom, D. J. E., Bayram, N., Shehata, M., Herrera M., L. G. and Welch, K. C. (2019). Low ambient temperature reduces the time for fuel switching in the ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 237, 110559. Download
Richards, M., Cardama Garate, A., Groom, D., J. E., Tattersall, G. and Welch Jr., K. C. (2020). Effect of nest microclimate temperatures on metabolic rates of small carpenter bees, Ceratina calcarata. The Canadian Entomologist 152, 772–782. Download