Christine L. Madliger

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am interested in how physiological tools can best be utilized to solve conservation problems. While I have focused mainly on the validation of glucocorticoids (stress hormones) in this context, I am also interested in how the vast array of physiological techniques currently available to practitioners may lead to successful management and mitigation strategies. My work in the Cooke Lab focuses on assessing how barriers related to logistics, interpretation, and translation of knowledge may limit the carry-through of physiological monitoring to conservation success. In addition, I strive to delineate strategies to overcome common barriers based on previous successes and expert input.


Ph.D., Biology, University of Windsor (2016)
Thesis title: Assessing baseline glucocorticoids as conservation biomarkers in a declining aerial insectivore (Supervisor: Dr. Oliver Love)
Species at Risk Stewardship Coordinator, Ruthven Park National Historic Site (2008-2010)
B.Sc., Biology- Biodiversity Specialization, McMaster University (2007)

Lab Publications (4)

  • Madliger, C.L., K.R. Hultine, O.P. Love and S.J. Cooke. 2018. The conservation physiology toolbox: status and opportunities. Conservation Physiology. 6(1): doi: 10.1093/conphys/coy029.

  • Madliger, C.L., S.J. Cooke and O.P. Love.  2017.  A call for more physiology at conservation conferences.  Biodiversity and Conservation.  26:2507-2515.

  • Madliger, C.L., C.E. Franklin, K.R. Hultine, M. van Kleunen, R.J. Lennox, O.P. Love, J.L. Rummer and S.J. Cooke.  2017.  Conservation physiology and the quest for a “good” Anthropocene.  Conservation Physiology. 07:1-10.

  • Madliger, C.L., S.J. Cooke, E.J. Crespi, J.L. Funk, K.R. Hultine, K.E. Hunt, J.R. Rohr, B.J. Sinclair, C.D. Suski, C.K.R. Willis and O.P. Love.  2016.  Success stories and emerging themes in conservation physiology. Conservation Physiology. 4:DOI: 10.1093/conphys/cov057.

Other Publications

Madliger CL, Love OP (2016) Conservation implications of a lack of relationship between baseline glucocorticoids and fitness in a wild passerine. Ecological Applications. doi: 10.1002/eap.1401.

Madliger CL, Love OP (2016) Do baseline glucocorticoids simultaneously represent fitness and environmental quality in a declining aerial insectivore? Oikos. doi: 10.1111/oik.03354.

Madliger CL, Cooke SJ, Crespi EJ, Funk JL, Hultine KR, Hunt KE, Rohr JR, Sinclair BJ, Suski CD, Willis CKR, Love OP (2016) Success stories and emerging themes in conservation physiology. Conservation Physiology. Conservation Physiology 4: doi: 10.1093/conphys/cov057.

Madliger CL, Semeniuk CAD, Harris CM, Love OP (2016) Assessing baseline stress physiology as an integrator of environmental quality in a wild avian population: implications for use as a conservation biomarker. Biological Conservation. Biological Conservation 192: 409-417.

Madliger CL, Love OP (2015) The power of physiology in changing landscapes: considerations for the continued integration of conservation and physiology. Integrative and Comparative Biology 55: 545-553.

Love OP, Madliger CL, Bourgeon S, Semeniuk CAD, Williams TD (2014) Evidence for baseline glucocorticoids as mediators of reproductive investment in a wild bird. General and Comparative Endocrinology 199: 65-69.

Madliger CL, Love OP (2013) The need for a predictive, context-dependent approach to the application of stress hormones in conservation. Conservation Biology 28: 283-287.

Madliger CL (2012) Toward improved conservation management: a consideration of sensory ecology. Biodiversity and Conservation 21: 3277-3286.