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Dr. Morgan Kelly


I’m interested in the evolution of stress tolerance, and how the capacity to evolve increased tolerance might mitigate extinction risk imposed by climate change. My dissertation research focused on the tidepool copepod Tigriopus californicus. I exposed copepods from eight populations to laboratory selection for increased heat tolerance, and showed that individual populations were locally adapted to temperature, but possessed limited capacity to evolve increased tolerance. For my postdoctoral research, I hope to examine specific physiological mechanisms of stress tolerance. I’m particularly interested in the ways in which different stress tolerance mechanisms might confer different levels of constraint on the ability to evolve increased tolerance in response to environmental change.


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