Alex Gunderson

PhD Candidate
Dept. of Biology
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

Thermal Ecology and Physiology

I currently study the behavioral and physiological mechanisms that allow organisms to cope with different climatic environments. I use Anolis lizards as a model system.


Leal, M. and A.R. Gunderson. Rapid change in the thermal tolerance of a tropical lizard. Accepted, The American Naturalist.

Wright, A., S.A. Schnitzer, I.A. Dickie, A.R. Gunderson, G.A. Pinter, S.A. Mangan, and P.B Reich. Complex facilitation and competition in a temperate grassland: loss of plant diversity and elevated CO2 have divergent and opposite effects on oak establishment. Accepted, Oecologia.

Gunderson, A.R. and M. Leal. 2012. Geographic variation in vulnerability to climate warming in a tropical Caribbean lizard. Functional Ecology (Online). PDF

Gunderson, A.R., J. Siegel, and M. Leal. 2011. Tests of the contribution of acclimation to geographic variation in water loss rates of the West Indian lizard Anolis cristatellus. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 181: 965-72. PDF

Müller, M.S., E.T. Porter, J.K. Grace, J.A. Awkerman, K.T. Birchler, A.R. Gunderson, E.G. Schneider, M.A. Westbrock, and D.J. Anderson. 2011. Maltreated nestlings exhibit correlated maltreatment as adults: Evidence of a “cycle of violence” in Nazca Boobies (Sula granti). Auk 128: 615-619. PDF

*Press coverage: BBC Earth News, New York Times, Science Daily

Cornell, K.L., C.R. Kight, R.B. Burdge, A.R. Gunderson, J.K. Hubbard, A.K. Jackson, J.E. LeClerc, M.L. Pitts, J.P. Swaddle, & D.A. Cristol. 2011. Reproductive success of eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis) on suburban golf courses. Auk 128: 577-586. PDF

Gunderson, A.R., M.H. Forsyth, and J.P. Swaddle. 2009. Evidence plumage bacteria influence plumage coloration and body condition of eastern bluebirds Sialia sialis. Journal of Avian Biology 40: 440-447. PDF

*Press Coverage: BBC Earth News, featured article in Journal of Avian Biology

Gunderson, A.R. 2008. Feather-degrading bacteria: A new frontier in avian and host-parasite research? Auk 125(4): 972-979. PDF

Gunderson, A.R., A.M. Frame, J.P. Swaddle and M.H. Forsyth. 2008. Resistance of melanized feathers to bacterial degradation: Is it really so black and white? Journal of Avian Biology 39: 539-545. PDF