Helpful Pictures

Here is an illustration of the simplified respirometry setup (as created by me):

Bird ChamberThe concept is easy enough, but the setup actually looks more like this contraption (borrowed from an insect researcher at the University of Florida):

SetupAll the tubes can get pretty messy!  The two machines on the left are the oxygen and carbon dioxide measurement devices.  The machines in the center are the air pump (flow-rate generator) and the computer adapter.  The tube on the right is responsible for scrubbing water and excess carbon dioxide from the air.  Learning about respirometry was an extremely educational experience this summer!