DATE: Friday, 22nd November 2019
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – Room ka4.207 (Green room)
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)
Changes in animal body size have been hailed as a third universal response to recent climate change, alongside changes in species’ phenology and distributions. Changes in body size have important implications for the thermal tolerances and energetics of species and thus for individual fitness and population dynamics.
Using Australian birds as a model system, we integrate long-term morphometric data sets (from museum collections and generated by citizen science) with climate data and molecular phylogenies to investigate spatial and temporal patterns of trait change and test underlying mechanisms at a continental scale.
In this talk I outline progress in understanding this phenomenon and the implications of our results for identifying species’ sensitivities to climate change.
Janet’s research integrates several complementary approaches to investigate the links between environmental variation, individual fitness and demographic change, factors that ultimately determine the abundance and distribution of species.
Janet was awarded a PhD from the ANU in 2003, was appointed as an Associate Lecturer at ANU in 2004, then as a Research Associate in 2006. Since 2008 she has held several Research Associate positions at CSIRO and Monash University. She returned to ANU in 2015 and is currently an ARC Future Fellow in the Research School of Biology
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For more info: https://biology.anu.edu.au/people/janet-gardner.
Please note: Janet will be staying in Torquay on Thursday and going out to dinner at Roku Den on Thursday evening. On Friday we will have lunch at Natural 1 12-1pm before the seminar. Janet will have time both before and after her seminar to chat, so please let me know if you would like to have a short chat with the speaker. Please let Natasha know if you would like to attend one of the meals.
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