Vulnerability of a species to Climate Change depends on its sensitivity to increased temperature, its real exposure to that increase, its ability to recover, and its potential to adapt to change. Thus, there is a complex net of interactions that should be addressed in order to improve predictions provided the context of Climate Change, and the task is rather challenging. My current postdoctoral project in Catedra Rui Nabeiro– UE aims to shed some light into the possible response of organisms to a temperature increase, using iberian lizards as study models, and combining physiological, behavioural and ecological information. Thus, we use an integrative approach in which we explore thermal tolerances, thermal preferences and metabolic rate of lizards in the laboratory, with data on their body temperatures in the field, presence throughout their distribution range and environmental data. Our objective is to relate current distributions of iberian lizards with their physiological and behavioural capacities (given the habitats where they occur), and therefore to assess whether species are prone to adapt to local and/or global changes or, on the contrary, are expected to suffer contractions in their distribution in a warming scenario.
Monasterio, C., Shoo, L.P., Salvador, A., Iraeta, P. & Díaz, J.A. 2013. High temperature constrains reproductive success in a temperate lizard: implications for distribution range limits. Journal of Zoology. 291 (2): 136 – 145.
Iraeta, P., Monasterio, C., Salvador, A. & Díaz, J. A. 2011. Sexual dimorphism and interpopulation differences in lizard hind limb length: locomotor performance or chemical signalling? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 104: 318 – 329.
Monasterio, C., Shoo, L.P., Salvador, A., Siliceo, I., Díaz, J.A. 2011. Thermal constraints on embryonic development as a proximate cause for elevational range limits in two Mediterranean lacertid lizards. Ecography, 34: 1 10, 2011.
Monasterio, C., Salvador, A., Díaz, J.A. 2010. Competition with wall lizards does not explain the alpine confinement of Iberian rock lizards: an experimental approach. Zoology 113: 275 – 282.
Iraeta, P., Salvador, A., Monasterio, C. & Díaz, J. A. 2010. Effects of gravidity on the locomotor performance and escape behaviour of two lizard populations: the importance of habitat structure. Behaviour, 147: 133 – 150.
Monasterio, C., Salvador, A., Díaz, J.A. 2010. Altitude and rock cover explain the distribution and abundance of a Mediterranean alpine lizard. Journal of Herpetology, 44: 158 – 163.
Monasterio, C., Salvador, A., Iraeta, P. & Díaz, J. A. 2009. The effects of thermal biology and refuge availability on the restricted distribution of an alpine lizard. Journal of Biogeography,36: 1673 – 1684.
Díaz, J. A., Iraeta, P. & Monasterio, C. 2006. Seasonality provokes a shift of thermal preferences in a temperate lizard, but altitude does not. Journal of Thermal Biology, 31: 237 – 242.
Iraeta, P., Monasterio, C., Salvador, A. & Díaz, J. A. 2006. Mediterranean hatchling lizards grow faster at higher altitude: a reciprocal transplant experiment. Functional Ecology, 20: 865 – 872.
Díaz, J. A., Monasterio, C. & Salvador, A. 2006. Abundance, microhabitat selection, and conservation of eyed lizards Lacerta lepida: a radiotelemetric study. Journal of Zoology, 268: 295 – 301.