Pauline Dufour

PaulineAs I was growing up in the South of France, I always knew two things: first, that I wanted my life to be devoted to the study and protection of animals, and second, that this dream would lead me to the other side of the world.

And as my interest for conservation grew, so did my concern for climate change. Therefore, I chose to study the biggest threat to biodiversity as a whole is currently facing, and started my PhD in the Bonebrake lab in 2017. My work aims at improving our current knowledge on the fate of nocturnal ectothermic species in a warming world, with a particular focus on lizards. More specifically, I investigate different aspects of thermal tolerance and preference of diurnal and nocturnal (and all the range that exists in between) skink and gecko species.

To compare those effects across latitude, part of my time is spent chasing down lizards all over the Western Cape Province of South Africa, for a project in collaboration with Dr. Susana Clusella-Trullas (Stellenbosch University).

My research interests lie in all things related to wildlife conservation, but currently they include conservation physiology, thermal ecology, biogeography, and wildlife trade.

At a time of climate crisis and ecological breakdown, I find myself becoming more and more obsessed about exploring ways of reducing our footprint on our beautiful planet and building a more sustainable future.

If you would like to know more, get in touch via email pdufour(at), or see:
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Dufour PC, Willmott KR, Padron PS,Xing S, Bonebrake TC, Scheffers BR (2018) Divergent melanism strategies in Andean butterfly communities structure diversity patterns and climate responses. Journal of Biogeography, 45, 2471-2482 Abstract

Xing S,Au TF, Dufour PC, Cheng W, Landry Yuan F, Jia F, Vu LV, Wang M, Bonebrake TC (2019) Conservation of data deficient species under multiple threats: Lessons from an iconic tropical butterfly (Teinopalpus aureus). Biological Conservation, doi:/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.03.029 Abstract

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Timothy C. Bonebrake
School of Biological Sciences
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR, China