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Ecophysiological Basis of Lizards Geographic Distribution

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posted on 2023-03-15, 02:36 authored by Rodolfo de Oliveira AndersonRodolfo de Oliveira Anderson

The mechanisms underlying species distribution have puzzled ecologists and evolutionary biologists for decades. As climate is a key factor influencing geographic distributions and determining range limits, understanding physiological interactions with climate can highlight how species manage to live where they live. In my thesis, I evaluated how interactions between physiology and climate shape the distribution of lizards. I provide a comprehensive analysis of how climate at global scales affect the physiology and survival of lizards, and how these animals modulate their physiology across geographic gradients (altitude and latitude). I highlight potential ecophysiological mechanisms that might influence the distribution of lizards.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

David Gregory Chapple

Additional supervisor 1

Craig White

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Biological Sciences

Additional Institution or Organisation

School of Biological Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Science