Warren Burggren | Department of Biological Sciences

Warren Burggren

University Distinguished Research Professor- Developmental Physiology

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Dr. Warren Burggren teaches courses on topics in physiology, adaptation and environmental biology, and mentors graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Burggren's research and teaching interests are in developmental physiology, and epigenetics and epigenetic inheritance.


Doctor of Philosophy in physiology, University of East Anglia

Bachelor of Science in biology, University of Calgary


Burggren has specific research interests in the development of the embryonic heart, respiratory and renal systems. He also studies the phenotypic plasticity of developing animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate, and epigenetic influences on development and epigenetic inheritance of phenotypic traits.

Selected Publications:

The following are the most recent publications of Burggren's:

  1. Burggren, W. (2021) Putting the August Krogh Princple to work in developmental physiology. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A Molecular and Integrative Physiology. 252:110825.
  2. Hamilton, T.J., Krook, J., Szaszkiewicz, J. and Burggren, W. (2021) Shoaling, boldness, anxiety-like behavior and locomotion in zebrafish (Danio rerio) are altered by acute benzo[a]pyrene exposure. Science of the Total Environment. 774: 145702.

  3. Martínez, G., Peña, E., Martínez, R., Camarillo, S., Burggren, W. and Alvarez, A. (2021) Survival, growth, and development in the early stages of the tropical gar Atractosteus tropicus: Developmental critical windows and the influence of temperature, salinity and oxygen availability. Fishes. In Press.

  4. Walker, C.. and Burggren, W. (2020) Remodeling the epigenome and (epi)cytoskeleton: A new paradigm for co-regulation by methylation. Journal of Experimental Biology. 223: 10.1242/jeb.220632.

  5. Burggren, W.W. (2020) Phenotypic switching resulting from developmental plasticity: Fixed or reversible? Frontiers in Physiology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2019.01634.

  6. Burggren, W. W. (2021) Gobierno y Autonomia Universitaria en Canada, Estados Unidos y Mexico: Un Estudio Comparativo. En: Autonomia: Legado y Futuro. Prensa de la Universidad del Estado de Mexico.

  7. Burggren, W., Fahlman, Andreas and Milsom, William. (2024) Breathing patterns and associated cardiovascular changes in intermittently breathing animals: (Partially) correcting a semantic quagmire. Experimental Physiology. DOI: 10.1113/EP091784.

  8. Göpel, T. and Burggren, W. (2024) Temperature and hypoxia trigger developmental phenotypic plasticity of cardiorespiratory physiology and growth in the parthenogenetic marbled crayfish, Procambarus virginalis Lyko, 2017. Journal of Comparative Physiology A. In Press.

  9. Burggren, W. and Mendez-Sanchez, F. (2023) "Bet heging' against climate change in developoing and adult animals: roles for stochastic gene expression, phenotypic plasticity, epigenetic inheritance and adapatation. Frontiers in Physiology DOI 10.3389/pphys.2023.1245875.

  10. Bautista, N., Crespel, A., Martinez Bautista, G. and Burggren, W. (2023) Dietary crude oil exposure during sex differentiation skewes adult sex ratio towards males in the zebrafish. Science of the Total Environment. DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.164449