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A biogeographic reversal in sexual size dimorphism along a continental temperature gradient (2018)
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Tarr, S., Meiri, S., Hicks, J. J., & Algar, A. C. (2018). A biogeographic reversal in sexual size dimorphism along a continental temperature gradient. Ecography, doi:10.1111/ecog.03593. ISSN 0906-7590

The magnitude and direction of sexual size dimorphism (SSD) varies greatly across the animal kingdom, reflecting differential selection pressures on the reproductive and/or ecological roles of males and females. If the selection pressures and constra... Read More

Remote sensing restores predictability of ectotherm body temperature in the world’s forests (2018)
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Algar, A. C., Morley, K., & Boyd, D. S. (2018). Remote sensing restores predictability of ectotherm body temperature in the world’s forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(12), 1412-1425. doi:10.1111/geb.12811

AIM: Rising global temperatures are predicted to increase ectotherms’ body temperatures, benefitting some species but threatening others. Biophysical models predict a key role for shade in buffering these effects, but the difficulty of measuring shad... Read More

Papua New Guinea terrestrial vertebrate richness: elevation matters most for all except reptiles (2017)
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Tallowin, O. J., Allison, A., Algar, A. C., Kraus, F., & Meiri, S. (2017). Papua New Guinea terrestrial vertebrate richness: elevation matters most for all except reptiles. Journal of Biogeography, 44(8), doi:10.1111/jbi.12949. ISSN 0305-0270

Aims To examine species richness patterns in Papua New Guinea’s terrestrial vertebrates and test for geographical congruence between the four classes, and between lizard and snake subgroups. To assess the environmental correlates of Papua New Guinean... Read More

Sex-specific responses of phenotypic diversity to environmental variation (2015)
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Algar, A. C., & López-Darias, M. (2016). Sex-specific responses of phenotypic diversity to environmental variation. Ecography, 39(8), doi:10.1111/ecog.01696. ISSN 0906-7590

Identifying the factors generating ecomorphological diversity within species can provide a window into the nascent stages of ecological radiation. Sexual dimorphism is an obvious axis of intraspecific morphological diversity that could affect how env... Read More

Climatic niche attributes and diversification in Anolis lizards (2015)
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Velasco, J. A., Martínez-Meyer, E., Flores-Villela, O., García, A., Algar, A. C., Köhler, G., & Daza, J. M. (2016). Climatic niche attributes and diversification in Anolis lizards. Journal of Biogeography, 43(1), doi:10.1111/jbi.12627. ISSN 0305-0270

Aim The aim of this study was to test the link between climatic niche dynamics and species diversification in Anolis on islands and on the mainland. We tested the hypotheses that lineages in warmer climates and with narrow climate niches diversifi... Read More

Area, climate heterogeneity, and the response of climate niches to ecological opportunity in island radiations of Anolis lizards (2015)
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Algar, A. C., & Mahler, D. L. (2016). Area, climate heterogeneity, and the response of climate niches to ecological opportunity in island radiations of Anolis lizards. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25(7), doi:10.1111/geb.12327. ISSN 1466-822X

Aim Rates of climate niche evolution underlie numerous fundamental ecological processes and patterns. However, while climate niche conservatism varies markedly among regions and clades, the source of this variation remains poorly understood. We te... Read More

Untangling intra- and interspecific effects on body size clines reveals divergent processes structuring convergent patterns in Anolis lizards (2014)
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Muñoz, M. M., Wegener, J. E., & Algar, A. C. (2014). Untangling intra- and interspecific effects on body size clines reveals divergent processes structuring convergent patterns in Anolis lizards. American Naturalist, 184(5), doi:10.1086/678084. ISSN 0003-0147

Bergmann’s rule—the tendency for body size to increase in colder environments—remains controversial today, despite 150 years of research. Considerable debate has revolved around whether the rule applies within or among species. However, this debate h... Read More

Evolutionary stasis and lability in thermal physiology in a group of tropical lizards (2014)
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Muñoz, M. M., Stimola, M. A., Algar, A. C., Cosover, A., Rodriguez, A. J., Landestoy, M. A., …Losos, J. B. (2014). Evolutionary stasis and lability in thermal physiology in a group of tropical lizards. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1778), doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.2433. ISSN 0962-8452

Understanding how quickly physiological traits evolve is a topic of great interest, particularly in the context of how organisms can adapt in response to climate warming. Adjustment to novel thermal habitats may occur either through behavioural adjus... Read More

The island–mainland species turnover relationship (2012)
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Stuart, Y. E., Losos, J. B., & Algar, A. C. (2012). The island–mainland species turnover relationship. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279(1744), doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.0816. ISSN 0962-8452

Many oceanic islands are notable for their high endemism, suggesting that islands may promote unique assembly processes. However, mainland assemblages sometimes harbour comparable levels of endemism, suggesting that island biotas may not be as unique... Read More