desert iguanaLisa C. Hazard

Ecological and Evolutionary Physiologist

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Earth and Marine Sciences Building A316

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Lab phone: 831-459-4022




As an evolutionary physiologist, I am interested in patterns of physiological evolution and the processes that led to the formation of these patterns. My research has focused on how desert and intertidal reptiles have evolved in response to their potentially stressful environments. Currently, I am directly measuring the fitness consequences of variation in physiological traits of lizards, and I will later apply these techniques to salt gland evolution. Long-term, my goals are to explain how patterns of physiological diversity (for example, qualitative and quantitative differences in salt glands across taxa) arise, using complementary field and lab-based studies.


Academic Background

Assistant Professor, Montclair State University Department of Biology and Molecular Biology (leave of absence 2004-5)

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Cruz Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles Department of Organismic Biology, Ecology and Evolution

Ph.D, University of California, Riverside Department of Biology

B.A, Cornell University Division of Biological Sciences, Section of Ecology, Systematics and Evolution

processing Uta

Research Interests

Evolutionary physiology of side-blotched lizards

Nutritional physiology of juvenile desert tortoises

Dispersal by head-started desert tortoises

Osmoregulatory physiology of desert and intertidal lizards

Evolution of salt glands in lizards


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