Hurricane-induced selection on the morphology of an island lizard

I’ve been sitting on this story for months and I’m excited to finally be able to share it. Remember that work we did in Turks and Caicos last fall? Well, we found something pretty remarkable: the hurricanes caused big shifts in the lizard populations living on both Pine Cay and Water Cay that may have helped the lizards survive the storms. Analyzing, writing, editing, and now publicizing the project has been a huge part of my last six months, but embargo policies being the way they are, I’ve had to hold my tongue here on the blog. Well, no more! I wrote a “behind the paper” post explaining the findings on the Nature Ecology and Evolution blog. I’m reposting it next for easy access.

Thanks to Anthony H., Anne-Claire, and Claire for their hand in the fieldwork, Ambika and Anthony G. for help with the analyses, Jason, Tom, and particularly Jonathan for their help with the writing and interpretation.

Keep an eye out for more posts in the next few days. There have been several videos made about the experiment so if you don’t want to miss anything, subscribe for email alerts.

Here’s the paper!


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