Critical fertility limits
Rhonda Snook, from Stockholm University, will give a talk about "Local adaptation and plasticity of critical fertility limits".
Critical thermal limits, temperatures at which organisms cannot maintain physiological function related to survival, are well-defined for many ectotherms. These values correspond to geographic range limits and are used to predict response to future climate change. While it is also well-known that fertility is exceptionally thermally-sensitive and at temperatures less extreme than thermal limits, few studies have assessed critical fertility limits. This knowledge gap poses a potential problem with respect to understanding species' responses to climate change. Here I will present a series of field and laboratory studies, ranging from physiological assays to genomics, designed to fill this gap.