Open Research and Contributor Identifier
Massey University (New Zealand), Ph.D., 2011
Indiana University, M.S., 2008
Austin Peay State University, B.S., 2006
- Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, University at Buffalo (20142019)
- Thermal Councilor, Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section, American Physiological Society (2019 )
- New Investigator Award, Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section, American Physiological Society (2019)
- Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (2018 )
- Editorial Board, American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology (2015 )
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (20122014)
- Academic All-American (3rd Team), NCAA Division I College Basketball, ESPN The Magazine (2006)
In general, our research interests involve identifying the implications of thermal stress (i.e., heat, cold, humidity) and related stressors (e.g., dehydration) on integrative physiology. In laboratory-based studies, we investigate the mechanisms by which thermal stress may bring about deleterious outcomes in order to develop countermeasures to alleviate this risk. Our current research foci include: i) understanding the mechanisms of autonomic and behavioral thermoregulation during exercise and/or heat exposure, ii) elucidating the implications of thermal stress and/or dehydration on cardiovascular control, and iii) examining the impact of heat exposure, dehydration and/or exercise on renal function and injury. We conduct these studies in healthy (both younger and older) and/or clinical (e.g., Multiple Sclerosis patients) populations. The overarching goal of this work is to provide fundamental knowledge that can improve health and safety in occupational and military settings, and during extreme weather events (e.g., heat waves).
- Exercise physiology
- Environmental physiology
- Cardiovascular physiology
- Renal physiology
Schlader ZJ, Vargas NT. Regulation of body temperature by autonomic and behavioral thermoeffectors. Exercise and Sport Science Reviews 47: 116-126, 2019.
Vargas NT, Chapman CL, Johnson BD, Gathercole R, Schlader ZJ. Exercise intensity independently modulates thermal behavior during exercise recovery, but not during exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology 126: 1150-1159, 2019.
Chapman CL, Johnson BD, Sackett JR, Parker MD, Schlader ZJ. Soft drink consumption during and following exercise in the heat elevates biomarkers of acute kidney injury. American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology 316: R189-R198, 2019. (selected for APS Select, March 2019)
Vargas NT, Slyer J, Chapman CL, Johnson BD, Temple JL, Mietlicki-Baase EG, Schlader ZJ. The motivation to behaviorally thermoregulate during passive heat exposure in humans is dependent on the magnitude of increases in skin temperature. Physiology and Behavior 194: 545-551, 2018.
Schlader ZJ, Sackett JR, Sarker S, Johnson BD. Orderly recruitment of thermoeffectors in resting humans. American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology 314: R171-R180, 2018.
Schlader ZJ, Chapman CL, Sarker S, Russo L, Rideout TC, Parker MD, Johnson BD, Hostler D. Firefighter work duration influences the extent of acute kidney injury. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 49: 1745-1753, 2017.
Schlader ZJ, Hostler DC, Hostler D. Heat strain is exacerbated on the second of consecutive days of fire suppression. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 49: 999-1005, 2017.