• Institut de Biologie IntĂ©grative et des Systèmes, DĂ©partement de Biologie, UniversitĂ© Laval, QuĂ©bec, Canada
  • Adaptation, Behavior & Social Evolution, Expression Studies, Phenotypic Plasticity
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Full professor, 2016-present Associate professor, Département de Biologie, Université Laval, 2012-2016 Assistant professor, Département de Biologie, Université Laval, 2009-2012 Assistant professor, Département de Sciences Biologiques, Université de Montréal, 2006-2009 Post-doc: Harvard University 2002-2006 PhD: Université Laval 2002

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Natural selection on plasticity of thermal traits in a highly seasonal environment
Leonardo Bacigalupe, Juan Diego Gaitan-Espitia, Aura M Barria, Avia Gonzalez-Mendez, Manuel Ruiz-Aravena, Mark Trinder, Barry Sinervo

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Is thermal plasticity itself shaped by natural selection? An assessment with desert frogs

It is well known that climatic factors – most notably temperature, season length, insolation and humidity – shape the thermal niche of organisms on earth through the action of natural selection. But how is this achieved precisely? Much of thermal tolerance is actually mediated by phenotypic plasticity (as opposed to genetic adaptation). A prominent expectation is that environments with greater (daily and/or annual) thermal variability select for greater plasticity, i.e. better acclimation ca...