Richard E. Lee

University Distinguished Professor

264 Pearson Hall  (513) 529-3141

Biographical Information

Richard Lee's research focuses on physiological and ecological adaptations that allow animals to survive at low temperature through the supercooling of body fluids, or tolerance of extensive internal ice formation. He has traveled to the Antarctic and Ellesmere Island in the Arctic to study cold tolerance in terrestrial arthropods. Current major research efforts address both basic and applied questions related to cryobiology, desiccation tolerance, regulation of freezing, and dormancy in overwintering animals.
One line of research supported by the NSF examines the relationship between diapause and cold-hardiness in insects. Recent studies have examined mechanisms of rapid cold-hardening and cryoprotective dehydration. A second project concerns freezing and desiccation tolerance in the southernmost insect, a wingless fly, on the Antarctic Peninsula. A third area of investigation, in collaboration with Jon P. Costanzo, addresses ecological and physiological aspects of cold hardiness in amphibians and reptiles.

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Recent Publications

  1. Denlinger, D. L. and R. E. Lee (eds.).  2010.  Low Temperature Biology of Insects.  Cambridge:    Cambridge University Press. 390 pp.
  2.  Teets, N. M., S.-X. Yi,  R. E. Lee and D. L. Denlinger. 2013. Calcium signaling mediates cold sensing in insect tissues. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110: 9154-9159.
  3. Kawarasaki, Y., N. M. Teets, D. L. Denlinger and R. E. Lee. 2013. The protective effect of rapid cold-hardening develops more quickly in frozen versus supercooled larvae of the Antarctic midge, Belgica antarctica.  Journal of Experimental Biology 216:3937-3945.
  4. Levis, N. A., S.-X. Yi and R. E. Lee.  2012.  Mild desiccation rapidly increases freeze tolerance of the goldenrod gall fly, Eurosta solidaginis: Evidence for drought-induced RCH.  Journal of Experimental Biology  215: 3768-3773.
  5. Constible, J. M., L. H. Sandro and R. E. Lee.  2008.  Climate Change from Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations.  National Science Teachers Association Press, Arlington, VA.  238 pp.