Zachary Schlader


Zachary Schlader, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University-Bloomington (IUB). He came to IUB from the University at Buffalo, where he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences from 2014-2019. Zac completed his BS in Health at Austin Peay State University (2006), his MS in Exercise Physiology at IUB (2008) and his PhD in Sport and Exercise Science at Massey University (New Zealand, 2011). He subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical Center) in Dallas TX under the mentorship of Dr. Craig Crandall in the Thermal and Vascular Physiology Laboratory. Zac’s research interests involve understanding the implications of thermal (i.e., heat, cold, humidity) and other environmental-related (e.g., dehydration, hypoxia, water immersion) stressors on integrative physiology. Current research foci include: (a) Understanding the mechanisms of autonomic and behavioral thermoregulation during exercise and/or heat exposure; (b) Examining the impact of heat exposure, dehydration and/or exercise on kidney function and injury risk; (c) Elucidating adaptations to diving related environmental exposures. These studies are carried out in healthy and clinical populations, and with relevance to at-risk populations (e.g., military, manual laborers, etc).