Karla Alujevic

Background

I completed my BSc (2013) and MSc (2015) degrees in Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Split, Croatia. My MSc focussed on molecular phylogeny of the genus Alloteuthis (Cephalopoda: Loliginidae) in the Eastern Adriatic. In 2015, I participated in North-South Atlantic Training Floating Summerschool on-board the research vessel RV Polarstern, where I was one of 30 students that were trained in research techniques of oceanography and marine biology on a North-South Atlantic transect from Bremerhaven to Cape Town. After visiting Cape Town upon the end of the expedition, I decided I wanted to continue my studies in South Africa. In 2016, I started my PhD in the CLIME lab.

Current research

For my PhD Iím focusing on examining linkages between inter-individual phenotypic variation and microclimate, and how these relationships shape relative fitness. These linkages have surprisingly been little explored and Agama atraís life history traits make this species a suitable reptile model to explore these mechanisms. My research combines laboratory physiological assays, field observations of lizard behaviour and next-generation DNA sequencing.