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Climate Change and Local Adaptation: Challenges of a lizard whose sex is determined by environmental temperature

Climate Change and Local Adaptation: Challenges of a lizard whose sex is determined by environmental temperature

Organisms become adapted to their environment by evolving through natural selection over many generations. However, anthropogenically driven environmental changes are occurring at such speed that could potentially outpace the ability of some organisms to adapt. In this project, we focus on changes of vital processes and life history traits in a model species whose sex is determined by temperature during incubation (TSD), to address the potential of this taxon to adapt to different environmental conditions and survive to climate change in general. Another goal of this project is the study of patterns of gene expression derived from Next-Generation Sequencing, which will allow the identification of candidate genes triggered by temperature, responsible for transducing this signal into phenotypic sex.

Team
Principal Investigator
Catarina Castela dos Santos Rato

Catarina Castela dos Santos Rato

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Groups:
AP, FBIO, PHENEVOL
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Researchers
Iolanda Silva-Rocha

Iolanda Silva-Rocha

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
FBIO
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John Archer

John Archer

Position: Principal Researcher
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Miguel A. Carretero

Miguel A. Carretero

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
FBIO
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Technical Staff
Valéria Marques

Valéria Marques

Position: Research Technician
Group:
FBIO
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State
Ongoing
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
Funded by
FCT
Dates
2018 (Duration: 3 years)
Participant Institutions
CIBIO-InBIO
Reference
AAC/02/SAICT/2017/27958
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