Exciting news: Our next paper on the effects of hurricanes on Anoles has just been published in PNAS! Here’s a link to the paper. This study has been on my mind since our first paper about the lizards on Turks and Caicos before and after Hurricane Irma back in 2017. You can see some terrific … More Hurricane effects on Anoles
Geoffrey Giller is a recurring character on the blog and while people are usually most impressed by his terrific science journalism, or maybe his stunning nature photography, I’m very proud to share that he’s on his way to becoming a champion lizard catcher! Geoffrey has helped out on trips to Redonda and to the Bahamas … More My lizards are on Atlas Obscura!
Despite the rain on the last day, the weather and setting for the whole trip was pretty near perfect. Jon Suh, one of the pro lizard wranglers on Eleuthera and Long Island, put together this video documenting the adventure:
I’m back from the Bahamas but leaving for Greece tomorrow afternoon! Whew. I knew it was going to be a fast turnaround but my head’s spinning trying to keep track of the simultaneous fieldwork wrap-up and start-up to-do lists. I have a couple of pictures and videos ready to share from the Bahamas though so I want to … More Frog Party
There’s lots going on here in the field. We’ve just wrapped up collecting on Eleuthera and Long Island. I’m back on New Providence swapping out crew. Rob left after Eleuthera. He swapped spots with Geoff. We just lost Jon – a champion lizard catcher on Eleuthera and Long. Raphaël is still here and we’re being … More A quick picture update from the Bahamas
The Redonda posts have trailed off because I’m neck-deep in prepping for the next two trips this field season. I’ve still got a few more Redonda stories in mind to write up though so I’ll try to get them posted before I leave next week. I have to tell you about the next trips though! Next Saturday I’m headed … More More fieldwork on the horizon
Spotting these anoles in the field was one of the harder challenges of the field work in the Bahamas. They can be exceptionally well camouflaged against the right background and unlike Podarcis, they didn’t really do a lot of running until you were really close to them. Here are a few examples: The trick is to … More Masters of Camouflage
As I alluded to in a previous post, we had to catch a lot of lizards from these sites! We needed at least 80 A. sagrei from Andros and we were also on the lookout for any other anole species we could find. Much like my lizards in Greece, we used long fishing poles with a little loop at … More Catching Anoles
The roads on Andros were tough! Even the “highway” spanning the island north-to-south was dirt, and while the graters were doing their best to keep ahead of the erosion following each deluge, many of the secondary roads leading to our sites required a sturdy truck. Luckily this Yukon had been brought to the Navy base on the … More The requisite car trouble
Well, the Thanksgiving holidays got the better of me and I didn’t get the next post up as quickly as I was hoping. However, now that cold weather has really settled in in New England, another few photos from warmer climes are a welcome distraction. As I introduced last post, I just spent a week … More So what were we up to in the Bahamas?