Dr. Rory Telemeco - Seminar Speaker

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 3:45pm
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Rory Telemeco, Auburn University

Leveraging physiology to understand the biotic impacts of global change

Refreshments served at 3:30pm in room 240 Bessey.

Abstract: I integrate across biological organization to explore the mechanisms that drive species’ responses to global change. Responses to changing environments are complex, encompassing most biological processes . Most directly, the phenotype of individuals drive population response, but phenotypes vary as a result of phenotypic plasticity and evolution. I iterate between experiment and mathematical modeling to directly address how phenotype, genotype and environment interact to shape species' responses to global change.

Major goals of my research are to 1 ) identify the organismal traits and environmental parameters that most limit species' persistence, 2 ) examine the ability of organisms to respond to environmental variation through adaptive evolution or phenotypic plasticity, and 3 ) develop models that examine the effects of environmental variation on populations while accounting for evolutionary processes and phenotypic plasticity. To do this, I integrate field and laboratory experiments with ecological modeling. I also integrate multiple "toolkits" including those associated with functional genomics, cellular physiology, behavioral ecology, thermal physiology, endocrinology, geometric morphometrics, and theoretical ecology. Currently my work focuses on three model systems: the Eastern fence lizard species complex (Sceloporus undulatus group), alligator lizards (genus Elgaria), and the painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)