The main goal of the project is to identify the adaptive and plasticity potential of physiology, namely, traits involved in metabolism and water retention, in ectotherms. We will conduct research on two mountain lizard species that occur across large elevation spans, one from the sub-tropical climate in the Tenerife Island (species Gallotia galloti) and the other from temperate climate in Slovenia (species Iberolacerta horvathi).
Field or semi-field experiment,
1) Advance our understanding of how physiology, namely metabolism and water retention ability, reflect current climate and environmental pressures in ectotherms.
2) Understand adaptation/plasticity potential of their physiology.
3) Improve the basic knowledge of the role of skin properties in water retention abilities in lizards.
4) Understand response potential of water retention to temperature and humidity variation.
5) Improve our understanding of the capacity of physiology to respond to predicted global climate change.