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I am currently finishing my PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at James Cook University. My current research focuses on animal adaptation to gradual and sudden human-induced climate change. I have mainly used Drosophila systems to answer broad questions regarding whether fitness and thermal tolerances can adapt to climate change, and whether biotic interactions can push adaptation to occur at a rapid rate.
Understanding the adaptive potential of a species is key when predicting whether a species can contend with climate change. Adaptive capacity depends on the amount of genetic variation within a population for relevant traits. However, genetic variation changes in different environments, making it difficult to predict whether a trait will respond to...
To accurately characterize a species’ thermal niche and aid in predicting effects of climate change we must not only include information on thermal tolerances and physiological responses to changing temperatures, but also incorporate ecological effects and evolutionary processes that may shape a species’ niche. However, quickly and practically coll...