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Raul Suarez

Adjunct Professor

Research area: Comparative Physiology

Raul K. Suarez obtained his Bachelors degree from the Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines and his Masters degree from the University of the Philippines. After PhD work at the University of British Columbia, Canada, his subsequent posts included a postdoctoral position at Stanford University, CA, USA, followed by a research associateship at the University of British Columbia. He was a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, for 22 years and is now an adjunct professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia. Over the years, his research has included the control of metabolism in fish, the bioenergetics of flight in bees, hummingbirds and nectar bats, the relationships between biochemical capacities and physiological requirements in muscles, the allometric scaling of metabolism, the ecological and evolutionary implications of fuel use and energy expenditure in flying animals. His more recent area of inquiry concerns Philippine environmental history, in particular, the relationships between elite rule and biodiversity loss. He has been an editor of the Journal of Experimental Biology since 2005.

Selected Publications

Suarez, R.K. and T.P. Mommsen. 1987. Gluconeogenesis in teleost fishes. Can. J. Zool. 65: 1869-1882.

Suarez, R.K., J.R.B. Lighton, C.D. Moyes, G.S. Brown, C.L. Gass and P.W. Hochachka. 1990. Fuel selection in rufous hummingbirds: ecological implications of metabolic biochemistry. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 87: 9207-9210.

Suarez, R.K. 1996. Upper limits to mass-specific metabolic rates. Ann. Rev. Physiol. 58: 583-605.

Suarez, R.K., J.F. Staples, J.R. Lighton and O. Mathieu-Costello. 2000. Mitochondrial function in flying honeybees (Apis mellifera): respiratory chain enzymes and electron flow from complex III to oxygen. J. Exp. Biol. 203: 905-911.

Suarez, R.K., J.J. Childress and C.-A. Darveau. 2004. Metabolic scaling: a many-splendoured thing. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 139B: 531-541.

Suarez, R.K., Darveau, C.-A. and P.W. Hochachka. 2005. Roles of hierarchical and metabolic regulation in the allometric scaling of metabolism in Panamanian orchid bees. J. Exp. Biol. 208: 3603-3607.

Welch, K.C., Jr., G. Herrera and R.K. Suarez. 2008. Dietary sugar directly fuels flight in nectarivorous bats. J. Exp. Biol. 211: 310-316.

Suarez, R.K. and P.E. Sajise. 2010. Deforestation, swidden agriculture and Philippine biodiversity. Phil. Sci. Letts. 3: 91-99.

Suarez, R.K and F. Lacanilao. 2010. Reforming Philippine Science. SEAFDEC AQD Press. 94 p.

Suarez, R.K., L.G. Herrera and K.C. Welch, Jr. 2011. The sugar oxidation cascade: aerial refueling in hummingbirds and nectar bats. J. Exp. Biol. 214: 172-178.

Suarez, R.K. and C.D. Moyes. 2012. Metabolism in the age of 'omes'. J. Exp. Biol. 215: 2351-2357.

Rodriguez, E., J-M Weber, B. Page, D.W. Roubik, R.K. Suarez and C-A Darveau. 2015. Setting the pace of life: membrane composition of flight muscle varies with metabolic rate of hovering orchid bees. Proc. Roy. Soc. B 282: 20142232.

Suarez, R.K. and K.C. Welch, Jr. 2017. Sugar metabolism in hummingbirds and nectar bats. Nutrients 9: 743-759.

Suarez, R.K. and H. Hoppeler (eds.). 2018. The Biology of Fat. J. Exp. Biol. 221: Suppl 1.

Last updated 7 March 2018