MSRP 2024-2025

A lizard sitting on top of a person's hand.

Title: Cool Lizards! 

Contact: Kinsey Brock (, Bree Putman (

Project Status: Beginning Fall 2024 through Spring 2025

Brief Project Description: This MSRP will focus on urban animal ecophysiology. The goal is to compare western fence lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis) on college campuses to those in adjacent natural areas to understand how temperature and water differences between these two habitats affect an animal’s ecophysiology, including, but not limited to: preferred and field-active body temperatures, hydration, and evaporative water loss. This project is led by Bree Putman (CSUSB), Kinsey Brock (SDSU), and Emily Taylor (Cal Poly SLO).