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.