My research project is focused on assessing the implications of applying generalised techniques, such as allometric relationships, to predict lizard surface area when estimating rates of water loss. To do so, I am capturing the surface area of a large diversity of lizards using novel 3D-scanning and processing techniques. Additionally, I will assess the implications of erroneous surface area measurements on water loss rate estimations.
Climate change is intensifying at an unprecedented rate, increasing species’ vulnerability to extinction – especially ectotherms. Thus, the findings of this study may be able to contribute to improving estimations of lizard vulnerability to increasing climate change, and provide future researchers with a novel, accurate technique to capture surface area when studying water/heat loss in lizards, and possibly many other organisms.