The Consumption of Oxygen by Mice in Varying Temperatures.

Kailee Pierce, Ty Smith, Brittany Rogers, Ryan Sherman


Abstract: Metabolic rate of an endotherm is proportional to the amount of food consumed. When an endotherm is out of its thermal neutral zone, its metabolic rate increases to regulate body temperature, which also creates an increase in cellular respiration, which is powered by food and oxygen. This experiment provides a well-supported hypothesis that shows when an endotherm, such as mice, are exposed to an environment outside of their thermal neutral zone their O2 consumption increases. This research will help others understand the relation between metabolic rate and thermal neutral zone in endotherms.   

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