Does Habitat Use
Determine a Species
Functional Capabilities or vice versa?
Animals often appear tailored to the environments in which they are found and many adaptive hypotheses are built upon relationships between the selective pressures of a particular regime (e.g., an arboreal or fossorial regime) and the form and function of the organisms residing within them. My coauthors and I have examined several functional and morphological hypotheses as they relate to environmental variation asking whether evolutionary relationships exist between morphology, behavior, and ecology or whether variation is due instead to shared ancestry.
Related Publications (click for PDF)
Gartner, G.E.A., Jayne, B.C. and Garland, T. Jr. (In revision). Variation in the semispinalis-spinalis muscles of snakes: Are behavior and habitat better predictors of morphology than phylogeny?
Brischoux, F., Gartner, G.E.A., Garland, T. Jr., and Bonnet, X. 2011. Is aquatic life correlated with an increased hematocrit in snakes? PLoS ONE 6(2): e17077. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017077
Gartner, G.E.A., Hicks, J.W., Andrade, D.V., Secor, S.M., and Garland Jr., T. 2011. Reply to “Heart position in Snakes”. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 84(1): 102-106
Gartner, G. E. A., J. W. Hicks, P. R. Manzani, D. V. Andrade, A. S. Abe, T. Wang, S. M. Secor, and T. Garland. 2010. Phylogeny, ecology, and heart position in snakes. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 83(1):43-54