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GCRESPONSE- A reptile model and 3600 m of altitudinal gradient to infer the ectotherm responses to global change in Portugal

GCRESPONSE- A reptile model and 3600 m of altitudinal gradient to infer the ectotherm responses to global change in Portugal

The aim is assessing ectotherm responses to Global Change (GC) integrating physiological (metabolic activity, preferred temperatures, water loss), life-history (growth, size, life span) and genomic (whole-genome sequencing) evidence. A reptile occupying >3600m elevation will be used to evaluate this multidisciplinary scheme while species in Portugal with variate environmental niches/ranges will be used for generalisation. The main prediction is that species with less spatio-temporal variation in phenotype, mediated by adaptation and/or phenotypic plasticity, will be more vulnerable to GC and more prone to extinction. The magnitude of variation in phenotypic and adaptive genes will shed light on the repercussions of GC on other non-target organisms. Patterns recovered will provide a measure of GC response in terms of plasticity/adaptation generalizable to other groups. The project will be developed by a cohesive team with competence in these fields working in a well-equipped centre.

Team
Principal Investigator
Miguel A. Carretero

Miguel A. Carretero

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
FBIO
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Researchers
Catarina Castela dos Santos Rato

Catarina Castela dos Santos Rato

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Groups:
AP, FBIO, PHENEVOL
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Catarina Lopes Pinho

Catarina Lopes Pinho

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Groups:
FBIO, PHENEVOL
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Iolanda Silva-Rocha

Iolanda Silva-Rocha

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
FBIO
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Students
Nina Guerra Serén

Nina Guerra Serén

Position: PhD Student
Group:
FBIO
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External Collaborators
Anamarija Žagar

Anamarija Žagar

Position: Collaborator
Groups:
AP, FBIO
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Marco Sannolo

Marco Sannolo

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
FBIO
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Other members
Rodrigo Megía-Palma
State
Ongoing
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
Funded by
FCT
Dates
2018 (Duration: 3 years)
Reference
28014 02/SAICT/2017
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