Lizard Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
My initial research in biology was in community ecology of lizards, and my work was inspired heavily by Eric Pianka (my MA advisor) and by Tom Schoener. Soon, however, I shifted focus to the thermal biology of lizards.
Then, while working with Paul Hertz and Al Bennett, I became increasingly fascinated with the evolution of thermal sensitivity of ectotherms, especially in exploring different ways to study this topic. Along the way I interpreted temperature regulation in an ecological context, emphasized the ecological and evolutionary importance of studying organismal performance measures, developed and applied phylogenetic approaches to study the evolution of physiological performance, used demographic approaches to investigate patterns of selection and of aging in natural populations, and helped explore "allometric engineering" in physiological and life history studies. Although I've done little lizard research in the past decade, the evolutionary perspectives I gained in those studies is central to my current work with Drosophila.
I have recently been involved with two projects on lizards. Eric Pianka and I have looked at gender differences in body temperatures of desert lizards, and found essentially none (in press, Am Nat). With several colleagues, I'm looking at latitudinal patterns of risk from climate warming. This has been a fun project, in part because I'm analyzing old data in a very new way - and finding our old data (some collected as early as 1972 as part of my thesis research) are superb for analyzing physiological impact of climate warming.
Representative Huey Papers on Lizards
General Evolutionary Physiology
|1974. || Ecological character displacement in a lizard. American Zoologist 14:1127-1136 (first author, with E.R. Pianka).|
|1979. || Parapatry and niche complementarity of Peruvian desert geckos (Phyllodactylus): the ambiguous role of competition. Oecologia (Berl.) 38:249-259.|
|1981. || Ecological consequences of foraging mode.Ecology 62:991-999 (first author, with E.R. Pianka).|
|2007. ||Historical introduction: On widely foraging for Kalahari lizards. pp. 1 - 10, In: The Foraging biology of lizards: evolutionary consequences of foraging mode. S.M. Reilly, L. D. McBrayer, and D.B Miles, eds. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K. (First author, with E. R. Pianka).|
|1979. || Integrating thermal physiology and ecology of ectotherms: a discussion of approaches. American Zoologist 19:357-366. (first author, with R.D. Stevenson).|
|1982. || Temperature, physiology, and the ecology of reptiles. pp. 25-91. In: C. Gans and F. H. Pough, eds., Biology of the Reptilia Vol. 12, Physiology (C). Academic Press, London.|
|1986. || A comparative approach to field and laboratory studies in evolutionary ecology, pp. 82-98. In M.E. Feder and G. Lauder, eds., Predator-Prey Relationships in Lower Vertebrates. University of Chicago Press. (First author, with A. F. Bennett). |
|1987.||Phylogenetic studies of coadaptation: preferred temperatures versus optimal performance temperatures of lizards. Evolution, 41:1098-1115. (first author with A. F. Bennett).|
|1987. || Phylogeny, history, and the comparative method, pp.76-98. In M. E. Feder, A. F. Bennett, W. W. Burggren, and R. B. Huey, eds., New Directions in Ecological Physiology, Cambridge University Press.|
|1989. || Repeatability of individual differences in locomotor performance and body size during early ontogeny of the lizard Sceloporus occidentalis. Functional Ecology 3:97-105. (Second author, with F. H. van Berkum, J.S. Tsuji, and T. Garland, Jr.).|
|1990. || Variation in locomotor performance in demographically known populations of the lizard Sceloporus merriami. Physiological Zoology 63:845-872. (First author, with A. E. Dunham, K. L. Overall, and R. A. Newman).|
|2001. || Temperature, demography, and ectotherm fitness. American Naturalist 158:204-210. (First author, with D. Berrigan).|
|1987. || Testing symmorphosis: does structure match functional requirements? Evolution 41:1404-1409 (second author, with T. Garland, Jr.)|
|1989. || Evolution of thermal sensitivity of ectotherms. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 4:131-135. (First author, with J. G. Kingsolver)|
|1990. || Studying the evolution of physiological performance. In: D. J. Futuyma and J. Antonovics, eds., Oxford Surveys in Evolutionary Biology, Vol. 6., pp. 251-284, . Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K. (second author, with A. F. Bennett)|
|2000. || Evolutionary physiology. Annual Reviews of Ecology and Systematics. (Third author, with M. E. Feder and A. F. Bennett)|
|2002. || Plants versus animals: do they deal with stress in different ways? Integrative and Comparative Biology 42: 415-423. (First author, with M. Carlson, L. Crozier, M. Frazier, H. Hamilton, C. Harley, A. Hoang, and J.G. Kingsolver).|
|2003. || Behavioral drive versus behavioral inertia in evolution: a null model approach. American Naturalist 161:357-366. (First author, with P.E. Hertz and B. Sinervo).|
|2003. || Mutation, performance, fitness. Integrative and Comparative Biology 43:387-395. (First author, with G.W. Gilchrist, K. Ward, L. Maves, D. Pepin, and D. Houle).|
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