Springfield College Hosts 2016 Britton C. and Lucile McCabe Lecture


The Springfield College Department of Biology and Chemistry presented the 19th annual Britton C. and Lucile McCabe Lecture featuring Cory Champagne on Tuesday, April 12, in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room in the Flynn Campus Union. Champagne’s presentation, “Life at the Extremes: Insights into Marine Mammals,” explained how animal function is shaped by environmental conditions. 

Much of Champagne’s work investigates the energetic and metabolic characteristics exhibited by marine mammals during critical life-history stages, like development, breeding, and reproduction.  One growing aspect of Champagne’s research has been in conservation physiology, where he is characterizing the endocrine and metabolic response to disturbance in marine mammals, with the goal of determining biomarkers capable of distinguishing stress states.

Champagne received a PhD from U.C. Santa Cruz and conducted post-doctoral work at the not-for-profit National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego, Calif.

The Britton C. and Lucile McCabe Lecture has been in existence at Springfield College since 1997 and honors longtime professor of biology at the College, Britton C. McCabe, and his spouse, Lucille McCabe.  The lecture series brings noted professionals in the health, biological, and physical sciences to Springfield College to discuss timely topics and discoveries.