Michael Angilletta

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501
Email: angilletta@asu.edu
Web: http://sols.asu.edu/people/faculty/mangilletta.php


Michael Angilletta came to Arizona State University in 2010, after spending 10 years on the faculty at Indiana State University. Angilletta and his collaborators integrate theory and experiments to understand how species adapt to changing environments. In particular, they are developing a quantitative theory to predict adaptations to thermal change, such as thermoregulatory behavior and thermal tolerance. Angilletta is testing this theory through experimental evolution in the laboratory and large-scale manipulations in the field. The resulting knowledge about thermal adaptation is used to predict the geographic limits to ectothermic species and the biological consequences of climate change.

Angilletta authored a book, Thermal Adaptation (2009, Oxford University Press), which was honored as the Book of the Year by the British Ecological Society. He serves as the Chair Elect for the Division of Ecology and Evolution within the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. He also serves as a member of the Faculty of 1000 in Biology and as an Associate Editor for The American Naturalist.


thermal adaptation; climate change; species adaptation


    Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Pennsylvania, 1998

    B.S., Biology, The College of New Jersey, 1992



Ackley, J. W., J. Wu, D. DeNardo, M. Angilletta, S. W. Myint and B. Sullivan. 2013. Heat islands, backyard landscaping, and the thermal ecology of urban lizards. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)