· Impacts of climate change on marine fishes
· Acclimation and adaptation to climate change
· Phenotypic plasticity
· Transgenerational plasticity
· Parental effects
· Thermal ecology and evolution
I have broad interests in the ecology and early life history of marine fishes, as well as the potential for ectotherms to cope with future climate change. Much of my research to date has focused on the ecological impacts of climate change to marine fishes and the potential for species to acclimate to the predicted environmental changes. To tackle these questions, I use state of the art environmentally controlled research aquariums systems that simulate future conditions.
My research concentrates on understanding phenotypic plasticity and parental effects. Much of my work has focused on exploring the importance and prevalence of developmental plasticity, when fish experience warmer conditions in the first months of life, as well as the potential for plasticity across generations. More recently my focus has shifted to understand when previous generations (parents and grandparents) need to experience warming to result in phenotypic changes in the current generation. I am also interested in the role that behavioural plasticity and thermoregulation could play in the response of more mobile reef fish to ocean acidification and warming.
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ADAPTATION AND PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Frontiers in Marine Science
edited by Timothy Ravasi, Jennifer Marie Donelson, Jose M Eirin-Lopez and Lisa N.S. Shama
THE ROLE OF PLASTICITY IN PHENOTYPIC ADAPTATION TO RAPID ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
compiled and edited by Jennifer M. Donelson, Juan D. Gaitán-Espitia, Rebecca J. Fox, Celia Schunter and Timothy Ravasi