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Researcher: Warren Porter

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Areas of Expertise
  • Cell biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Developmental genetics
  • Mechanisms of cell motility
  • Dna evolution
  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Limnology
  • Animal behavior
  • Visual and acoustic communication
  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Evolutionary genomics
  • Animal landscape models
  • How spatially explicit climate, topography, and vegetation interact with ectotherm and endotherm morphology, physiology and behavior, disease
  • How low level contaminant/pesticide mixtures affect potential for survival, growth, reproduction and how that affects population dynamics, community structure and food web structure in time and space
  • How low-level contaminant/pesticide mixtures at environmentally relevant concentrations affect/alter developmental processes, neurological function (learning abilities and aggression levels), immune function, and endocrine function
  • The process of infection and the biochemical responses to bacterial and viral infections
  • Subtle biological effects of environmental contaminants
  • Early detection of infectious or chronic diseases
Web Site Warren Porter's Department of Zoology Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
  • 8,852,117 - Identification of disease characteristics using isotope ratios in breath, issued October 2014.
  • 8,435,187 - Identification of disease characteristics using isotope ratios in breath, issued May 2013.
  • 7,465,276 - Identification of disease characteristics using isotope ratios in breath, issued December 2008.
  • 7,155,377 - Method and system for calculating the spatial-temporal effects of climate and other environmental conditions on animals, issued December 2006.
  • 5,912,178 - Passive measurement of isotopes to monitor health, issued June 1999.
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20150196248 - Methods of determining energy balance using breath carbon isotope ratios, published July 2015.
  • 20130236925 - Detection of rate changes in systematic oscillations of metabolic pathways by monitoring isotope ratios, published September 2013.
  • 20130066224 - Identification of disease characteristics using isotope ratios in breath, published March 2013.
  • 20100036274 - Identification of disease characteristics using isotope ratios in breath, published February 2010.
  • 20090104596 - Noninvasive measurement and identification of biomarkers in disease state, published April 2009.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Linking habitat selection to fitness-related traits in herbivores: the role of the energy landscape. Long RA, Bowyer RT, Porter WP, Mathewson P, Monteith KL, Findholt SL, Dick BL, Kie JG. Oecologia. 2016 Jul;181(3):709-20. doi: 10.1007/s00442-016-3604-7. Epub 2016 Mar 22.

  • Modeling behavioral thermoregulation in a climate change sentinel. Moyer-Horner L, Mathewson PD, Jones GM, Kearney MR, Porter WP. Ecol Evol. 2015 Nov 24;5(24):5810-22. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1848. eCollection 2015 Dec.

  • Validation of a mechanistic model for non-invasive study of ecological energetics in an endangered wading bird with counter-current heat exchange in its legs. Fitzpatrick MJ, Mathewson PD, Porter WP. PLoS One. 2015 Aug 26;10(8):e0136677. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136677. eCollection 2015.

  • NMR metabolomics show evidence for mitochondrial oxidative stress in a mouse model of polycystic ovary syndrome. Selen ES, Bolandnazar Z, Tonelli M, Bütz DE, Haviland JA, Porter WP, Assadi-Porter FM. J Proteome Res. 2015 Aug 7;14(8):3284-91. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.5b00307. Epub 2015 Jul 6.
Recent Artistic Works
  • University of Melbourne
Research Tools
Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-262-1719
Current University UW–Madison
Department Zoology
Title Professor
Other Appointments
Address Line 1 207 Zoology Research Building
Address Line 2 1117 West Johnson Street
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree B.S., University of Wisconsin, Zoology, 1961
Master's Degree M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, Icthyology, 1963
PhD Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, Physiological Ecology, 1966
Other Degrees
Technologies Available for Licensing System for Calculating the Spatial-Temporal Effects of Environmental Conditions on Animals

Non-Invasive Diagnosis and Evaluation of Disease

Protein Inhibitor of Ran Activity

Novel Antimicrobial Compounds That May Inhibit Bacterial Resistance

Identification of Disease Characteristics Using Isotope Ratios in Breath

Detection of the Catabolic State by Determining the Rate of Systemic Oscillations in Carbon Isotope Ratios