ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Professor Frank Marino

Professor Frank Marino

Professor Frank Marino's research interest is in the way in which humans and other animals interact with the environment and how this affects human performance under a number of conditions. In particular, his research focus on thermoregulation in a range of environmental extremes has lead him to try and further understand the way in which animals hydrate and how the thirst mechanism plays a role in this.

Frank is particularly interested in the evolutionary biology of human performance and resistance to fatigue. His recent research examines the effect of hydration on cognitive performance with the forthcoming book on the evolution of fatigue drawing together many of the theoretical constructs which have been developed over 25 years of research.

Research Interests

  • Thermoregulation during exercise in both health and disease
  • The relationship between hydration and human performance in health and disease states
  • The evolutionary biology of human endurance and thirst

Bachelor of Physical Education University of Western Australia, 1985
Master of Education (Merit) University of Sydney, 1992
PhD Charles Sturt University, 1998 
Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Neuroscience), 2007
Fellow, Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Memberships of Editorial Panels

Editorial Board
South African Journal of Sports Medicine (2010-present)
Journal of Thermal Biology (2016-present)

Associate Editor
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (2004-present)

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Larsen, P., Marino F.E., Melehan, K., Guelfi, G., Duffield, R., Skein, M. (Forthcoming, accepted 6 February 2019)  Evening high-intensity interval exercise does not disrupt sleep or alter energy intake despite changes in acylated ghrelin in middle-aged men. Experimental Physiology

Wingfield, G., Marino, F.E., Skein, M. (2019) Deception of cycling distance on pacing strategies, perceptual responses and neural activity. Pflugers Archives: European Journal of Physiology

Vargas, N., & Marino, F. (2018) Neuroinflammation, cortical activity, and fatiguing behaviour during self-paced exercise. Sports Medicine, 470: 413–426.

Marino, F. (2018) The influence of thermal inputs on brain regulation of exercise: an evolutionary perspective. Progress in Brain Research Part C, 240: 269-289.

Wingfield, G., Marino, F.E., Skein, M. (2018) The influence of knowledge of performance endpoint on pacing strategies, perception of effort and neural activity during 30 km cycling time trials. Physiological Reports, 6: 13892–13

Larsen, P., Marino, F.E., Melehan, K., Guelfi, K., Duffield, R., Skein, M. (2018) High-intensity interval exercise induces greater acute changes in sleep, appetite-related hormones and free-living energy intake compared to moderate-intensity continuous exercise. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism

Research Activities

Inflammatory response to varying exercise modes and conditions in different populations.

Age related effects on pacing and thermoregulation in trained and untrained older and younger men.

Cerebral and tissue oxygenation during exercise heat stress.

Electroencephalography and the inflammatory response during graded exercise.