Alison M. Gainsbury

Alison M. Gainsbury

Born in Canada and fluent in Portugese, Alison Gainsbury has spent many years living in Brazil. She has participated in several field expeditions across Brazil running pit traps in the Brazilian Cerrado, one of her favorite activities. Shown here in the field weighing one of her favorites, a Cercosaura Alison earned her Master's degree from the Universidade de Brasilia in 2002. She extended this work at the University of Texas where she was awarded her Ph. D. in 2012. Alison recently finished a postdoc with Shai Meir at Tel Aviv University working on global associations between climate, net primary productivity and lizard diets. Alison is now a visiting assistant professor in Vertebrate Zoology at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

Tupinambis duseniAmeiva ameivaPolychrus acutirostris

Micrablepharus atticolusCercosaura ocellataOphiodes spp.


Gainsbury, A. M. and G. R. Colli. 2003. Lizard Assemblages from Natural Cerrado Enclaves in Southwestern Amazonia: The Role of Stochastic Extinctions and Isolation. Biotropica 35: 503-519. Download pdf.

Colli, G. R., J. P. Caldwell , G. C. Costa, A. M. Gainsbury, A. A. Garda, D. O. Mesquita, C. M. M. R. Filho, A. H. B. Soares, V. N. Silva, P. H. Valdujo, G. H. C. Vieira, L. J. Vitt, F. P. Werneck, H. C. Wiederhecker, and M. G. Zatz. 2003. A new species of Cnemidophorus (Squamata, Teiidae) from the Cerrado Biome in central Brazil. Occ. Papers Sam Noble Oklahoma Mus. Nat. Hist. 14: 1-14.

Garda, A. A., Wiederhecker, H. C., Gainsbury, A. M. Costa, G. C., Pyron, R. A., Calazans Viera, G. H., Werneck, F. P., and Colli, G. R. 2013. Microhabitat variation explains local-scale distribution of terrestrial Amazonian lizards in Rondônia, Western Brazil. Biotropica 45: 245-252.

Gainsbury, A. M. and G. R. Colli. 2014. Effects of abandoned Eucalyptus plantations on lizard communities in the Brazilian Cerrado Biodiversity and Conservation 12/2014 23(13): 3155-3170. Download pdf

Gainsbury, A. M. and S. Meiri. 2017. The latitudinal diversity gradient and interspecific competition: no global relationship between lizard dietary niche breadth and species richness. Global Ecology and Biogeography Early View