With all the fanfare about the lizards and leaf blowers there were a lot of unstated (and stated) questions about “what’s the use?” I headed off the questions when they were directed at me (or when I found them on twitter) but Don Lyman, who’s been following the Boston Lizard story for a while, wrote a … More Guest Repost: Lizards, Leaf Blowers, and the Value of Basic Research
One of the mind-blowing advantages of living in Paris for the year is being able to take a short flight or train ride to another country! My wife and I have been fortunate to do quite a bit of traveling this year but we hadn’t made it to Italy yet. With the year winding down … More An Italian lizard on a wall
But I’m immensely flattered. Curious, a company that makes educational apps, has a WordGenius daily puzzle to exercise your brain. A friend works there and was “shocked” (I think she meant that in a good way‽) to see my face pop up as the “genius of the day” following the publicity from the Hurricane paper. … More The reports of my genius have been greatly exaggerated
Well, that’s a pleasant surprise. This little blog just made it into the list of top 40 Ecology Blogs to follow in 2018. Of course, I’m embarrassed that this comes after a month of not really posting new material because I’ve been wrapping up Hurricanes post-game press work, planning the follow-up trip to Turks and … More Top 40 Ecology Blogs!
In other exciting news this week, after a thorough re-survey of Redonda the conservation organizations have determined that Redonda is officially rat and goat free. This is terrific news because even a small pocket of rats that were missed in last year’s eradication could quickly explode into a huge population, negating all of the conservation … More Redonda is officially rat free!
Nature put together a terrific video explaining the findings of the Nature paper yesterday. I want to spread it far and wide: If you look closely, you’ll see that the video was produced by the extremely talented Jackie Turner who was actually one of the undergrads that came to Mpala with me almost 10 years … More A great video explaining the Nature Paper
This is a re-post of an entry I wrote on the Nature Ecology and Evolution blog. Serendipity in science is often celebrated as the lightning flash of insight from a chance event – Newton’s apple encounter or Fleming’s moldy petri dishes. Our recent paper, Hurricane-induced selection on the morphology of an island lizard, resulted from … More Behind the paper: Hurricane-induced selection on the morphology of an island lizard