We love aquatic insects. These organisms are incredibly important players in the ecology of freshwater ecosystems and are the most widely used faunal group in the monitoring and assessment of freshwaters worldwide. Despite their widespread use and ecological importance, there is much to learn about the physiology of these animals. Our research group is dedicated to understanding how and why different species respond to environmental stressors at the physiological and organismal levels. Our favorite topics (thus far) include: -thermal physiology, trace metal bioaccumulation, trophic transfer of contaminants, ion regulation, comparative and evolutionary physiology.