Member: Félix P Leiva[Edit]
Department of Animal Ecology and Physiology, Radboud University, the Netherlands
Félix is an animal eco-physiologist in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
I am an eco-physiologist interested in understanding how terrestrial and aquatic ectotherms respond to increasing temperature, low oxygen levels, and salinity changes, among other environmental perturbations. To do so, I am using experimental and comparative approaches that allow testing the generality of various hypotheses in physiology, ecology and evolution. Next year I will start my postdoctoral project, MetaR, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. In this project, I will assemble and curate a large, intra-and-interspecific database on metabolic rates of ectotherms (invertebrates, fish, amphibians and reptiles), globally distributed across realms (marine, freshwater, intertidal and terrestrial), climate zones (polar, temperature and tropical), and from the deepest ocean to the highest mountains, aiming to synthesise the impact of global environmental change on a key physiological trait in ectotherms: their metabolic rate.