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Camila Monasterio

Camila Monasterio

Post-Doc Researcher

Post-Doc Researcher
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CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade de Évora, Casa Cordovil 2ª Andar, Rua Dr. Joaquim Henrique da Fonseca, 7000-890 Évora, Portugal

Vulnerability of a species to Climate Change depends on its sensitivity to increased temperature, its real exposure to that increase, its ability to recover, and its potential to adapt to change. Thus, there is a complex net of interactions that should be addressed in order to improve predictions provided the context of Climate Change, and the task is rather challenging. My current postdoctoral project in Catedra Rui Nabeiro– UEaims to shed some light into the possible response of organisms to a temperature increase, using iberian lizards as study models, and combining physiological, behavioural and ecological information.

Thus, we use an integrative approach in which we explore thermal tolerances, thermal preferences and metabolic rate of lizards in the laboratory, with data on their body temperatures in the field, presence throughout their distribution range and environmental data. Our objective is to relate current distributions of iberian lizards with their physiological and behavioural capacities (given the habitats where they occur), and therefore to assess whether species are prone to adapt to local and/or global changes or, on the contrary, are expected to suffer contractions in their distribution in a warming scenario

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