Guest Repost: Lizards, Leaf Blowers, and the Value of Basic Research

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

The reports of my genius have been greatly exaggerated

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

Top 40 Ecology Blogs!

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!

Behind the paper: Hurricane-induced selection on the morphology of an island lizard

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