Developmental temperatures as drivers of phenotypic change

Back to search results
Environmental temperatures have a profound impact on developing animals. The Evolution & Ecology Research Centre has recently revealed the strength of the effect of developmental temperatures on reptile traits, and is continuing to examine how this plasticity impacts animal populations under changing climates. This project will 1) quantify temperature-based developmental plasticity in other taxa; 2) quantify other sources of developmental plasticity (e.g. maternal diet and oviposition behavior); and 3) analyse the reaction norms of plasticity. Addressing these issues will determine the relative importance of climate and temperature for organismal traits, and how they shape animal ecology and evolution.

The research will employ quantitative syntheses of published literature, with potential expansion to focused empirical experiments in reptiles or invertebrates. The ideal candidate for this project will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology, with an emphasis in animal ecology and evolution, and a strong interest in phenotypic plasticity. Essential skills and experience include: experience with an independent research project; strong writing skills; strong statistical skills and competence in R programming. Experience working with large datasets would be valuable.

Supervisory team
Lisa
Schwanz

Science
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Shinichi
Nakagawa

Science
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Rob
Brooks

Science
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Register to Apply
Non-UNSW staff/students must Register to Apply
l.schwanz@unsw.edu.au