Phenotypic Plasticity

selected references

The dependence of physiological functions on temperature and other environmental factors means that rate processes will fluctuate with the environment unless rates are buffered by compensatory responses, or the internal environment is regulated in spite of environmental variability.

I am particularly interested in plasticity induced by epigenetic mechanisms during development, and how these modulate within-individual, reversible plasticity (acclimation).

Recent papers on plasticity

Seebacher, F., Beaman, J., Little, A. G. 2013. Regulation of thermal acclimation varies between generations of the short-lived mosquitofish that developed in different environmental conditions. Functional Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12156.

Little, A. G., Kunisue, T., Kannan, K., Seebacher, F. 2013 Thyroid hormone actions are temperature-specific and regulate thermal acclimation in zebrafish (Danio rerio). BMC Biology 11, 26.

Grigaltchik, V. S., Ward, A. J. W., Seebacher, F. 2012. Thermal acclimation of interactions: differential responses to temperature change alter predator-prey relationship. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279, 4058-4064.

Glanville, E. J., Murray, S. A., Seebacher, F. 2012. Thermal adaptation in endotherms: climate and phylogeny interact to determine population-level responses in a wild rat. Functional Ecology 26, 390-398.