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Shankar A, Welch KC Jr.,  Eberts ER,  Geiser F,  Halter S,  Keicher L,  Levesque DL, Nowack J,  Wolf BO,  Wolfe SW (2023). Daily torpor in birds and mammals: Past, present, and future of the field. Integrative and Comparative Biology: icad095

Levesque DL, Breit AM,  Brown E,  Nowack J, Welman S (2023) Non-torpid heterothermy in mammals: another category along the homeothermy-hibernation continuum. Integrative and Comparative Biology: icad094

Nowack J, Stawski C, Geiser F and DL Levesque (2023) Rare and opportunistic use of torpor in mammals – an echo from the past? Integrative and Comparative Biology: icad067

Scheun J and J Nowack (2023) Looking ahead: predicting the possible ecological and physiological response of Galago moholi to environmental change. International Journal of Primatology.

Giroud* S/Ragger* MT, Baille A, Hoelzl F, Smith S and J Nowack*/ T Ruf* (2023) Food availability positively affects the survival and somatic maintenance of hibernating garden dormice (Eliomys quercinus). Frontiers in Zoology 20: 19(* shared first/last author)

Nowack J, Mzilikazi N and KH Dausmann (2023). Saving energy via short and shallow torpor bouts. J Therm Biol 114: 103572


Reher S, Rabarison H, Nowack J and KH Dausmann (2022). Limited physiological compensation in response to an acute microclimate change in a Malagasy bat. Front Ecol Evol 10: 10.3389/fevo.2022.779381

Grigg G, Nowack J, Pereira Wilken Bicudo JE, Bal NC, Woodward HN and Seymour RS (2022) Whole body endothermy: ancient, homologous and widespread among the ancestors of mammals, birds and crocodylians. Biol Rev 97:766-801


Spießberger M, Hoelzl F, Smith S, Vetter S, Ruf T and J Nowack (2021) The tarnished silver spoon? Trade-off between prenatal growth and telomere length in wild boar. J Evol Biol 00: 1– 10.

Nowack J and Turbill C (2021) Survivable hypothermia or torpor in a wild-living rat: Rare insights broaden our understanding of endothermic physiology. J Comp Physiol B:

Levesque DL, Nowack J and J Boyles (2021) Body temperature frequency distributions: a tool for assessing thermal performance in endotherms? Front Physiol 12: 760797.

Einwaller J, Meyer LCR, Auer U, Raekallio M, Nowack J, Haw A, Vetter S, Painer J and G Stalder (2021) Cardiovascular effects of intravenous vatinoxan in wild boars (Sus scrofa) anaesthetised with intramuscular medetomidine-tiletamine-zolazepam. Vet Rec: e835.


Giroud S, Nord A, Storey KS and J Nowack (2020) Editorial: Coping with Environmental Fluctuations – Ecological and Evolutionary Perspectives. Front Physiol 11: 605186.

Nowack J, Dill V and KH Dausmann (2020) Open-flow respirometry under field conditions: how does the airflow through the nest influence our results? J Therm Biol 92:102667

Dausmann KH, Levesque DL, Wein J and J Nowack (2020) Ambient temperature cycles affect daily torpor and hibernation patterns in Malagasy tenrecs. Front Physiol 11: 522 doi: 10.3389/fphys.2020.00522

Nowack J, Levesque DL, Reher S and KH Dausmann (2020) Variable climates lead to varying phenotypes: ‘weird’ mammalian torpor and lessons from non-Holarctic species. Front Ecol Evol 8:60. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2020.00060


Boyles JG, Levesque DL, Nowack J, Wojciechowski MS, Stawski C, Fuller A, Smit B, Tattersall GJ (2019) An oversimplification of physiological principles leads to flawed macroecological analyses. Ecol Evol 9: 12020-12025. doi:10.1002/ece3.5721

Nowack* J/ Tarmann* I, Hoelzl F, Smith S, Giroud S and T Ruf (2019) Always a price to pay: Hibernation at low temperatures comes with a trade-off between energy savings and telomere damage. Biology Letters (* shared first author)

Arnold L, Habe M, Troxler J and J Nowack*/ S Vetter* (2019) Rapid establishment of teat order and allonursing in wild boar. Ethology (*shared last author)

Scheun J, Ganswindt A, Geiser F and J Nowack (2019) Non-invasive evaluation of stress hormone responses in a captive population of sugar gliders Petaurus breviceps. Australian Mammalogy

Nowack J, Vetter S, Stalder G, Painer J, Kral M, Smith S, Le MH, Jurcevic P, Bieber C, Arnold W, and T Ruf  (2018) Muscle nonshivering thermogenesis in a feral mammal. Scientific Reports 6: 6378. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-42756-z.

Scheun J, Greef D and J Nowack (2019) Urbanisation as an important driver of nocturnal primate sociality. Primates. doi: 10.1007/s10329-019-00725-0.


Geiser F, Stawski C, Doty AC, Cooper CE and J Nowack (2018) A burning question: what are the risks and benefits of mammalian torpor during and after fires? Conserv Physiol 6: coy057.

Nowack J, Stawski C, Körtner, G and F Geiser (2018) Physiological and behavioral responses of an arboreal mammal to smoke and charcoal-ash substrate. Physiol Behav. 184: 116–121.


Nowack J, Giroud S, Arnold W and T Ruf (2017) Muscle nonshivering thermogenesis and its role in the evolution of endothermy. Front Physiol 8: 889. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00889

Geiser F, Stawski C, Wacker CB and J Nowack (2017) Phoenix from the ashes: fire, torpor, and the evolution of mammalian endothermy. Front Physiol  8: 842. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00842

Scheun J, Bennett NC, Nowack J, Laver P and A Ganswindt (2017) Putative drivers of adrenocortical activity in captive African lesser bushbaby, Galago moholi. Can J Zoology.

Stawski C, Hume T, Körtner G, Currie SE, Nowack J and Geiser F (2017). Post-fire recovery of torpor and activity patterns of a small mammal. Biol Letters 13(5). doi 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0036

Streicher U, Nowack J, Stalder G, Walzer C, Nadler T and T Ruf (2017) Hibernation in pygmy lorises (Nycticebus pygmaeus)- what does it mean? Vietnamese Journal of Primatologie 2(5):51-57

Nowack J, Stawski C and F Geiser (2017) More functions of torpor and their roles in a changing world. J Comp Physiol B doi:10.1007/s00360-017-1100-y

Stawski C, Nowack J, Körtner G and F Geiser (2017) A new cue for torpor induction: charcoal, ash and smoke. J Exp Biol 220: 220-226;  doi: 10.1242/jeb.146548


Levesque DL, Nowack J, Stawski C (2016) Modelling mammalian energetics: the heterothermy problem. Climate Change Responses 3:7 doi: 10.1186/s40665-016-0022-3

Scheun J, Bennett NC, Nowack J and A Ganswindt (2016) Reproductive behaviour, testis size and faecal androgen metabolite concentrations in the African lesser bushbaby. J Zool doi:10.1111/jzo.12420

Nowack J, Delesalle M, Stawski C and F Geiser (2016) Can hibernators sense and evade fires? Olfactory acuity and locomotor performance during deep torpor. Sci Nat 103(9-10):73.

Nowack J, Cooper CE and F Geiser (2016) Cool echidnas survive the fire. Proc R Soc B 20160382

Stawski C, Körtner G, Nowack J and F Geiser (2016) Phenotypic plasticity of post-fire activity and thermal biology of a small mammal. Physiol Behav 159: 104–111

Nowack J and F Geiser (2016) Friends with benefits: the role of torpor in groups of torpid and normothermic animals. J Exp Biology 219(4): 590-596

Scheun J, Nowack J, Bennett N and A Ganswindt (2016) Female reproductive activity and its endocrine correlates in the African lesser bushbaby, Galago moholi. J Comp Physiol B. DOI:10.1007/s00360-015-0947-z


Scheun J, Ganswindt A, Bennett NC and J Nowack (2015) The hustle and bustle of city life: monitoring the effects of urbanisation in the African lesser bushbaby. Sci Nat (102): 57

Nowack J, Rojas AD, Körtner G and F Geiser (2015) Snoozing through the storm: torpor use during a natural disaster. Sci Rep 5, doi:10.1038/srep11243

Stawski C, Körtner G, Nowack J and F Geiser (2015) The importance of torpor for survival in a post-fire landscape. Biol Lett 11 (6): 20150134

Reibelt LM and J Nowack (2015) Editorial: Community-based conservation in Madagascar, the ‘cure-all’ solution? MCD 10 (1S):3-5

Nowack J and KH Dausmann (2015) Can heterothermy facilitate the colonization of new habitats? Mammal Rev 45: 117–127


Doty A, Stawski C, Nowack J, Bondarenco A and F Geiser (2014) Increased lyrebird presence in a post-fire landscape. Aust J Zool 63(1): 9-11

Kobbe S, Nowack J and KH Dausmann (2014) Torpor is not the only option: seasonal variations of the thermoneutral zone in a small primate. J Comp Physiol B 184:789-797

Scheun J, Bennett NC, Ganswindt A and J Nowack (2014) Spicing up the menu: evidence of fruit-feeding in Galago moholi. Primates 55(3):359-63


Nowack J, Dausmann KH and N Mzilikazi (2013) Nonshivering thermogenesis in the African lesser bushbaby, Galago moholi. J Exp Biol 216: 3811-3817

Nowack J, Wippich M, Mzilikazi N and KH Dausmann (2013) Surviving the cold, dry period in Africa: behavioral adjustments as an alternative to heterothermy in Galago moholi. Int J Primatol 34: 49-64

Nowack J, Mzilikazi N and KH Dausmann (2013) Torpor as an emergency solution in Galago moholi: heterothermy is triggered by different constraints. J Comp Physiol B 83: 547-556


Dausmann KH, Nowack J, Kobbe S and N Mzilikazi (2012) Afrotropical heterothermy: a continuum of possibilities. In: Living in a Seasonal World. Ruf, C. Bieber, W. Arnold & E. Millesi (Eds.). Springer Berlin, Heidelberg


Nowack J, Mzilikazi N and KH Dausmann (2010) Torpor on demand: heterothermy in the non-lemur primate Galago moholi. PLoS ONE 5(5): e10797. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010797