Ecological Adaptation and Conservation Biology Group —— Research Interests

We are interested in temperature-mediated phenotypic plasticity and thermal adaptation in reptiles. We combine different methods, including inter- and intra-specific comparisons, manipulative experiments, and ecological modelling, to understand how reptiles respond to temperature variation and climate change as well. We are particularly interested in the underlying mechanism and ecological consequence of developmental plasticity in reptile embryos and the impact of climate warming on reptiles. More specifically, we focus on the following three topics:

(1)Phenotypic and evolutionary adaptation of reptiles in response to climate change

(2)The adaptive significance and molecular mechanisms of temperature-dependent sex determination

(3)Ecological and genetic mechanisms underlying the endangered process of reptiles