Assoc. Prof. Carla Sgrò
Carla is an Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne Australia. Carla is an evolutionary biologist studying the genetic basis of adaptation to environmental change in order to better predict species responses to global change. To do so, Carla uses a combination of experimental approaches, including comparisons of populations collected from along environmental gradients, experimental evolution, quantitative genetics and genomics to understand the factors that constrain or facilitate responses to rapid environmental change. Carla’s work stresses the importance of both genetic adaptation and phenotypic plasticity in underpinning responses to global change. Her research for the first time provides a clear link between genetic variation in key traits under selection and species distributional limits.
Carla has been co-CI on a large Science and Industry Endowment Fund grant “The Genomic Basis of Climatic Adaptation” which will provide the first comprehensive, multi-species assessment of the capacity of species to adapt to climatic change.
Kellermann V, van Heerwaarden B, Sgrò CM, and Hoffmann AA (2009) Fundamental evolutionary limits in ecological traits drive Drosophila species distributions. Science, 325: 1244-1246. DOI: 10.1126/science.1175443
Sgrò CM, Terblanche J, and Hoffmann AA (2016) What can plasticity contribute to insect responses to climate change? Annual Reviews of Entomology, 61: 433-451. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ento-010715-023859.
van Heerwaarden B, Malmburg M, and Sgrò, CM (In press) Increases in the evolutionary potential of upper thermal limits under warmer temperatures in two rainforest Drosophila species. Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/evo.12843
van Heerwaarden B and Sgrò CM (2014) Is adaptation to climate change really constrained in niche specialists? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 281: 20140396. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0396