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


Dupoué, Andréaz; Rutschmann, Alexis; Le Galliard, Jean-François; Clobert, Jean; Blaimont, Pauline; Sinervo, Barry; Miles, Donald; Haussy, Claudy; Meylan, Sandrine. "Reduction of baseline corticosterone secretion correlates with climate warming and drying across wild lizard       population." Journal of Animal Ecology, 2018


Megía-Palma, Rodrigo; Paranjpe, Dhanashree; Reguera, Senda; Martínez, Javier; Cooper, Robert D; Blaimont, Pauline; Merino, Santiago; Sinervo, Barry; “Multiple color patches and parasites in Sceloporus occidentalis: Differential relationships by sex and infection” Current Zoology, 2018        DOI:


Lunghi, Enrico; Monti, Alessandro; Binda, Arturo; Piazzi , Ionne: Salvador , Maurizio; Cogoni, Roberto; Andrea Riefolo, Luigi; Biancardi, Carlo; Mezzadri, Sergio; Avitabile, Domenico; Francesco Ficetola, Gentile; Mulargia, Manuela; Manca, Salvatore; Blaimont, Pauline; Rita Di Cerbo, Anna; Manenti, Raoul "Cases of albinism and leucism in amphibians in Italy: new reports." Natural History Sciences 4.1 (2017): 73-80.


Lunghi, Enrico; Guillaume, Olivier; Blaimont, Pauline; Manenti, Raoul “The first ecological study on the oldest allochthonous population of European cave salamanders Hydromantes sp.” Amphibia-Reptilia, 2018, DOI: