SICB Division of Ecology and Evolution (DEE)

DEE Researchers Database Entry

Michael Angilletta

Thermal adaptation of geographically widespread species
Research in my lab focuses on the adaptation of animals to thermal change. We combine models and experiments to understand the evolution of thermoregulatory behaviors and thermal tolerances in widespread species. Currently, my collaborators and I are testing models of optimal thermoregulation in large arenas at the Sevilleta Field Station in New Mexico (shown above). We are also testing models of optimal acclimation through comparative and experimental studies of Drosophila melanogaster. Recently, we began working with other labs to develop mechanistic models that predict the impacts of climate change on population dynamics and species ranges; these models rely heavily on our basic research in thermal biology. For more information about these activities, visit the lab's website at http://www.ThermalAdaptation.com .