Acclimation, Adaptation, and Reaching Great Heights.

Acclimation, Adaptation, and Reaching Great Heights.

Selective pressure is powerful, our environment always changing, and how an individual or an entire species is able to change with nature reveals a lot about its ability to thrive. A recent dinner-table story of a volcanic mountain climb reminded me of the wild challenges on biology at high altitude and the specialized physiology of animals sitting cozy up there.

Whether by acclimation or adaptation, the ability to adjust is an essential part of movin' on up!

 

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Can we predict adaptation?

Can we predict adaptation?

I want to better understand how organisms adapt.

Why? Understanding adaptation has implications in many areas of our lives. The most well-known example is likely the evolution of antibiotic resistance by pathogenic microbes. If we better understand how this process occurs, perhaps we can develop better ways to combat it and design better treatment strategies.

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