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.
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Pennsylvania, 1998
BS, Biology, The College of New Jersey, 1992
Ackley, J. W., M. J. Angilletta Jr., D. DeNardo, B. Sullivan and J. Wu. 2015. Urban heat island mitigation strategies and lizard thermal ecology: Landscaping can quadruple potential activity time in an arid city. Urban Ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s11252-015-0460-x. (link)
Ackley, J. W., J. Wu, M. Angilletta, S. W. Myint and B. Sullivan. 2015. Rich lizards: How affluence and land cover influence the diversity and abundance of desert reptiles persisting in an urban landscape. Biological Conservation 182:87-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.11.009. (link)
Ackley, J. W., J. Wu, B. Sullivan, M. Angilletta, S. W. Myint and D. DeNardo. 2015. Rich lizards: How affluence and land cover influence the diversity and abundance of desert reptiles persisting in an urban landscape. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)
Ackley, J. W., J. Wu, M. Angilletta, D. DeNardo and B. Sullivan. 2013. Heat islands, landscaping, and the thermal ecology of urban lizards. Poster presented at the Sustainable Pathways: Learning from the Past and Shaping the Future, 98th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 4-9 August 2013, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (link)
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)