SICB Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (DCPB)

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Valentina Di Santo

Integration of ecological physiology and biomechanics to understand organismal responses to climate change
Valentina is an ecophysiologist who studies biomechanics and energetics of fish locomotion. The main focus of her research is to elucidate the strategies employed by marine organisms to cope with variability and challenges in their environment. In recent years she has investigated the synergistic effect of ocean warming, hypoxia, and acidification on development, growth, survival, aerobic performance and locomotion of fishes. Her current research focuses on three main themes: 1) the role of local adaptation on morphology and physiological performance under changing environments, 2) morphological and physiological constraints to body size that affect activity in aquatic ectotherms, and 3) swimming performance and biomechanics of fishes, including schooling behavior.