New Subject Editor: Susana Clusella-Trullas23 September 2019
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa. I received my PhD in Ecology and Environmental Science from Drexel University (Philadephia, USA) and moved to South Africa for postdoctoral research, mostly looking at patterns of thermal biology of reptiles at large geographical scales. My current major interests are the understanding of drivers that shape phenotypic variation (physiology, behavior and morphology) of ectotherms and how this variation can promote or constrain responses of these organisms to climate change. These aspects of cause and consequences of trait variation include evolutionary and ecological processes, occurring at different temporal and spatial scales. Typically, projects are framed within existing theoretical models with the aim to test these with field and experimental data, and using all sorts of taxonomic groups: reptiles, insects and the occasional outlier!
Physiological Ecology,Thermal adaptation, Biophysical Ecology, Macrophysiology, Ectothermy