top of page

Thesis in a Nutshell


Ectotherms (organisms dependent on external sources to regulate their body temperature) need to thermoregulate in order to carry out the necessary functions for survival (ie. feeding and breeding)




How or if they will be able to adjust to a changing climate is, as yet, unknown 




My work aims to inform a piece of that puzzle and ask whether or not lizards have adaptive potential, or the ability to combat climate change through adjusting their thermoregulatory behavior




Investigating and comparing how female lizards  are able to cope with climate change predicted scenarios during gestation



A male Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) in Puy Mary, France

Photo Credit Pauline Blaimont


Svensson EI, Blaimont P, Calsbeek R, Lancaster LT, McAdam A, Mills SC. 2022. In Memoriam: Barry Sinervo (1961-2021). Evolution. 76(2):385-390


Rutschmann A, Dupoué A, Miles DB, Megía-Palma R, Lauden C, Richard, M, Badiane A, Rozen-Rechels D, Brevet M, Blaimont P et al. 2021. Intense nocturnal warming alters growth strategies, colouration and parasite load in a diurnal lizard. Journal of Animal Ecology 90(8):1864-1877


Rozen-Rechels D, Rutschmann A, Dupoué A, Blaimont P, Chauveau V, Miles DB, Guillon M, Richard M, Badiane A, Meylan S et al. 2021. Interaction of hydric and thermal conditions drive geographic variation in thermoregulation in a widespread lizard. Ecological Monographs.


Dupoué A, Trochet A, Richard M, Sorlin M, Guillon M, Teulieres-Quillet J, Vallé C, Rault C, Berroneau M, Berroneau M, Lourdais O, Blaimont P et al. 2020. Genetic and demographic trends from rear to leading edge are explained by climate and forest cover in a cold adapted ectotherm. Diversity and Distributions 27(2): 267-281


Megía-Palma R, Paranjpe D, Cooper R, Blaimont P, Sinervo B. 2020 Male color armaments in lizards and a role for parasites in intrasexual selection. Authorea.


Rutschmann A; Rozen-Rechels D, Dupoué A, Blaimont P, de Villemereuil P, Miles DB, Richard M, Clobert J. 2020. Climate dependent heating efficiency in the common lizard. Ecology and Evolution 10(15): 8007-8017


Megía-Palma R, Paranjpe D, Blaimont P, Cooper R, Sinervo B. 2020. To cool or not to cool? Intestinal coccidians disrupt the behavioral hypothermia of lizards in response to tick infestation. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 11(1): 1-8


Dupoué A, Blaimont P, Rozen-Rechels D, Richard M, Meylan S, Clobert J, MilesDB, Martin R, Decencière B, Agostini S, Le Galliard JF. 2019. Water availability and temperature induce changes in oxidative status during pregnancy in a viviparous lizard (Zootoca vivipara). Functional Ecology 34(2): 475-485


Dupoué A, Rutschmann A, Le Galliard JF, Clobert J, Blaimont P, Sinervo B, Miles DB, Haussy C, Meylan S. 2018. Reduction of baseline corticosterone secretion correlates with climate warming and drying across wild lizard populations. Journal of Animal Ecology 87(5): 1331-1341


Megía-Palma R, Paranjpe D, Reguera S, Martínez J, Cooper R, Blaimont P, Merino S, Sinervo B. 2018. Multiple color patches and parasites in Sceloporus occidentalis: Differential relationships by sex and infection. Current Zoology 0(0): 1-9


Barzaghi B, Blaimont P, Manenti R. 2018. Detection of non-consumptive effects of predation and intraspecific aggression in fire salamander larvae: environmental issues North-western Journal of Zoology, 16(1): 74-77


Lunghi E, Guillaume O, Blaimont P, Manenti R. 2018. The first ecological study on the oldest allochthonous population of European cave salamanders Hydromantes sp. Amphibia-Reptilia 39(1): 113-119


Lunghi E, Monti A, Binda A, Piazzi I, Salvador M, Cogoni R, Riefolo LA, Biancardi C, Mezzadri S, Avitabile D, Ficetola GF, Mulargia M, Manca S, Blaimont P et al. 2017. Cases of albinism and leucism in amphibians in Italy: new reports. Natural History Sciences 4(1): 73-80.

bottom of page