Dr John

Dr John Lesku

Senior Lecturer

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Life Sciences

Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution

Biological Sciences Building 1, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

BSc Hons, MSc, PhD (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology / University of Munich)

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Australasian Sleep Association, Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, European Sleep Research Society

Area of study

Biology
Physiology
Zoology

Teaching units

Animal Physiology (ZOO2AP)

Animals Active and Asleep (EEE3AAA)

Heron Island Field Course (ZOO3EPB)

Recent publications

2011 – Present

22. Aulsebrook AE, Jones TM, Rattenborg NC, Roth TC and Lesku JA. 2016. Sleep ecophysiology: integrating neuroscience and ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2016.05.004. (cover)

21. Kelly ML, Peters RA, Tisdale RK and Lesku JA. 2015. Unihemispheric sleep in crocodilians? Journal of Experimental Biology 218, 3175-3178.

20. Robert KA, Lesku JA, Partecke J and Chambers B. 2015. Artificial light at night desynchronizes strictly seasonal reproduction in a wild mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282, 20151745.

19. Shine R, Amiel J, Munn AJ, Stewart M, Vyssotski AL and Lesku JA. 2015. Is "cooling then freezing" a humane way to kill amphibians and reptiles? Biology Open 4, 760-763.

18. Beckers GJL, van der Meij J, Lesku JA and Rattenborg NC. 2014. Plumes of neuronal activity propagate in three dimensions through the nuclear avian brain. BMC Biology 12, 16.

17. Lesku JA and Rattenborg NC. 2014. Avian sleep. Current Biology 24, R12‐R14.

16. Schuster S, Zollinger SA, Lesku JA and Brumm H. 2012. On the evolution of noise‐dependent vocal plasticity in birds. Biology Letters 8, 913‐916.

15. Rattenborg NC, Lima SL and Lesku JA. 2012. Sleep locally, act globally. Neuroscientist 18, 533‐546.

14. Lesku JA*, Rattenborg NC*, Valcu M*, Vyssotski AL, Kuhn S, Kuemmeth F, Heidrich W and Kempenaers B. 2012. Adaptive sleep loss in polygynous pectoral sandpipers. Science 337, 1654‐1658. (*authors contributed equally)

13. Lesku JA, Meyer LCR, Fuller A, Maloney SK, Dell’Omo G, Vyssotski AL and Rattenborg NC. 2011. Ostriches sleep like platypuses. PLOS ONE 6, e23203.

12. Lesku JA, Vyssotski AL, Martinez‐Gonzalez D, Wilzeck C and Rattenborg NC. 2011. Local sleep homeostasis in the avian brain: convergence of sleep function in mammals and birds? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278, 2419‐2428.

 

< 2010

11. Lesku JA, Roth TC, Rattenborg NC, Amlaner CJ and Lima SL. 2009. History and future of comparative analyses in sleep research. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 33, 1024‐1036.

10. Rattenborg NC, Martinez‐Gonzalez D and Lesku JA. 2009. Avian sleep homeostasis: convergent evolution of complex brains, cognition and sleep functions in mammals and birds. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 33, 253‐270.

9. Rattenborg NC, Martinez‐Gonzalez D, Lesku JA and Scriba M. 2008. A bird's eye view of sleep. Science 322, 527. (letter)

8. Lesku JA, Bark RJ, Martinez‐Gonzalez D, Rattenborg NC, Amlaner CJ and Lima SL. 2008. Predator‐induced plasticity in sleep architecture in wild‐caught Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus). Behavioural Brain Research 189, 298‐305.

7. Martinez‐Gonzalez D, Lesku JA and Rattenborg NC. 2008. Increased EEG spectral power density during sleep following short‐term sleep deprivation in pigeons (Columba livia): evidence for avian sleep homeostasis. Journal of Sleep Research 17, 140‐153.

6. Lesku JA, Roth TC, Rattenborg NC, Amlaner CJ and Lima SL. 2008. Phylogenetics and the correlates of mammalian sleep: a reappraisal. Sleep Medicine Reviews 12, 229‐244.

5. Rattenborg NC, Lesku JA, Martinez‐Gonzalez D and Lima SL. 2007. The non‐trivial functions of sleep. Sleep Medicine Reviews 11, 405‐409.

4. Roth TC, Lesku JA, Amlaner CJ and Lima SL. 2006. A phylogenetic analysis of the correlates of sleep in birds. Journal of Sleep Research 15, 395‐402.

3. Lesku JA, Roth TC, Amlaner CJ and Lima SL. 2006. A phylogenetic analysis of sleep architecture in mammals: the integration of anatomy, physiology, and ecology. American Naturalist 168, 441‐453.

2. Mathews CG, Lesku JA, Lima SL and Amlaner CJ. 2006. Asynchronous eye closure as an anti‐predator behavior in the western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis). Ethology 112, 286‐292.

1. Lima SL, Rattenborg NC, Lesku JA and Amlaner CJ. 2005. Sleeping under the risk of predation. Animal Behaviour 70, 723‐736.

 

Book Chapters

6. Lesku JA and Rattenborg NC. 2013. Sleep in birds. In: Kushida C (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Sleep, volume 1. Waltham: Academic Press, 51‐56.

5. Rattenborg NC, Lesku JA and Martinez‐Gonzalez D. 2011. Evolutionary perspectives on the function of REM sleep. In: Mallick BN, Pandi‐Perumal SR, McCarley RW and Morrison AR (eds.), Rapid Eye Movement Sleep: Regulation and Function. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 58‐70.

4. Lesku JA, Martinez‐Gonzalez D and Rattenborg NC. 2009. Phylogeny and ontogeny of sleep. In: Stickgold R and Walker MP (eds.), The Neuroscience of Sleep. Oxford: Academic Press, 61‐69.

3. Amlaner CJ, Lesku JA and Rattenborg NC. 2009. The evolution of sleep. In: Amlaner CJ and Fuller PM (eds.), Basics of Sleep Guide, 2nd edition. Westchester: Sleep Research Society, 11‐19.

2. Lesku JA, Martinez‐Gonzalez D and Rattenborg NC. 2009. Sleep and sleep states: phylogeny and ontogeny. In: Squire LR (ed.), Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, volume 8. Oxford: Academic Press, 963‐971.

1. Lesku JA, Rattenborg NC and Amlaner CJ. 2006. The evolution of sleep: a phylogenetic approach. In: Lee‐Chiong TL (ed.), Sleep: A Comprehensive Handbook. Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 49‐61.

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