Plasticity and adaptive radiation in Anolis lizards
This project tests the hypothesis that developmental responses to mechanical stress drive adaptive diversification in Anolis lizard limb length. We are assessing the role of plasticity in divergence of limb length through comparison of (i) phenotypic plasticity in animals reared in different conditions and (ii) interspecies comparisons between phenotypically divergent species, through comparative gene expression analysis in long bone growth zones.
EES predictions this project tests
- Conceptual issues
- Evolutionary innovations
- Inclusive inheritance
- Evolutionary diversification