I’m an evolutionary biologist, interested in selection theory, the ecology and genetics of adaptations, macroecology, life history evolution, climate change biology and animal cognition. The primary focus of my research is on the ecological, genetic, and sexual basis of adaptive evolution, to ultimately understand the processes of adaptive radiation and speciation. Most of my work has been conducted on the South American lizard genus Liolaemus, one of the most remarkable model systems among living vertebrates. Consisting of more than 220 species, this lineage of lizards has radiated across one of the most diverse ecological and climatic ranges recorded within reptiles globally. However, I have also worked on other model organisms, such as amphibians and insects. After multiple positions held at the University of Exeter, I joined the University of Lincoln as a Lecturer. At the University of Lincoln I lead the Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology of Adaptations.
Pincheira-Donoso, D., Tregenza, T., Witt, M.J. & Hodgson, D. J. (2013). The evolution of viviparity opens opportunities for a lizard radiation but drives it into a climatic cul-de-sac. Global Ecology & Biogeography. (In Press).
Meiri, S., Bauer, A., Chirio, L., Colli, G., Das, I., Doan, T., Feldman, A., Castro-Herrera, F., Novosolov, M., Pafilis, P., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Powney, G., Torres-Carvajal, O., Uetz, P. & Van Damme, R. (2013). Are lizards feeling the heat? A tale of ecology and evolution under two temperatures. Global Ecology & Biogeography. (In Press).
Pincheira-Donoso, D., Bauer, A. M., Meiri, S. & Uetz, P. (2013). Global taxonomic diversity of living reptiles. PLoS One, 8, e59741.
Pincheira-Donoso, D. & Meiri, S. (2013). An intercontinental analysis of climate-driven body size clines in reptiles: no support for patterns, no signals for processes. Evolutionary Biology (In Press).
Pincheira-Donoso, D. (2012). Selection and Adaptive Evolution. Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives from the Study of Lizards. Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Press. 446 pp.
Pincheira-Donoso, D. (2011). Predictable variation of range sizes across an extreme environmental gradient in a lizard adaptive radiation: evolutionary and ecological inferences. PLoS One, 6, e28942.
Gay, L., Brown, E., Tregenza, T., Pincheira-Donoso, D., Eady, P.E., Vasudev, R., Hunt, J. & Hosken, D.J. (2011). The genetic architecture of sexual conflict: male harm and female resistance in Callosobruchus maculatus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24, 449-456.
Pincheira-Donoso, D. & Tregenza, T. (2011). Fecundity selection and the evolution of reproductive output and sex-specific body size in the Liolaemus lizard adaptive radiation. Evolutionary Biology, 38, 197-207.
Pincheira-Donoso, D., D.J. Hodgson & T. Tregenza (2008). The evolution of body size in ectotherms: why should Bergmann’s rule apply to lizards? BMC Evolutionary Biology, 8, 68-78.
Pincheira-Donoso, D., T. Tregenza & D.J. Hodgson. (2007). Body size evolution in South American Liolaemus lizards of the boulengeri clade: a contrasting reassessment. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 20: 2067-2071.
I am involved in multiple academic activities, including supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate students, and I contribute in multiple courses, such as Evolution & Ecology, Research Skills for the Life Sciences, and Conservation Biology.