Well, it was a bit of a surprise to me! This spring has flown by between my dissertation defense and post-doc hunting; trips to California, Minnesota, New York, and Maine; and now the start of a very quick field season in Greece to revisit the introduction islands for the next week and a half. After … More Surprise, I’m back in Greece!
This Fall, one of my big data-driven dissertation chapters was published in Functional Ecology. The paper is called “Feed or Fight: Testing the impact of food availability and intraspecific aggression on the functional ecology of an island lizard.” Long story short: we found that lizards on small islands were larger than lizards on big islands. … More Lizards on small islands bite harder than lizards on big islands… and why!
Mt. Zas is the tallest mountain on Naxos, and the highest point in the Cyclades. On a clear day you’re supposed to be able to see over two dozen surrounding islands. Well, last week we finally got that clear day. Even luckier, my brother was along with his camera and he snapped these awesome pictures. First … More Islands from Zas
Sorry for the delay in posts. I was working through the data from the island manipulation experiment to share with you, but analysis started getting complicated and then I got busy getting engaged. Hurrah! I’m in the last field research push though so I’m going to try to post several updates over the next two weeks while I’m still in Greece. The first … More Old Maps
A critical component of this study is being able to keep track of who is who, every single year. There are a lot of tried and true methods for doing so, including the low-tech of removing the last joint of different combinations of toes. There’s the mid-tech: injecting multi-colored liquid plastic that congeals just under the skin to give … More PIT Tagging Lizards
So the primary goal this year was to walk the islands and catch as many of the remaining lizards as possible. With a complete census of the population, we can start getting awesome data on natural selection’s “filters” dictating survival of the fittest. Even better, by taking careful measurements of the survivors we can figure out … More Working on the islands
After several “are you still alive?” emails yesterday I think it’s time to update the blog! I’m sorry for the delay, but it was for good reason: this last week has been non-stop revisiting of the five introduction islands from last year. I’m going to stretch this out over several posts because it was a lot of work and the … More The islands revisited
I was just going through old videos on my hard drive and found this. I spent a whole night last year taking these photos – each about 6 feet apart – all the way across the Naxos frontage and to the Portera. I don’t know why I never uploaded it… it would have filled in a … More Naxos Portera Hyperlapse
It’s been weeks since my last post (sorry) but for better or worse the topic of this post is about the same: lizard videos. For the last two months I’ve spent far too much time pouring over videos of lizards running up and down sprint speed tracks, basking on rocks, or dashing under bushes. Luckily, occasionally I … More Still more videos
I promised you in the beginning of the summer a movie of how to set up those kayaks. Well, here it is. We got a lot of practice over the summer. This assembly took us a little less than 3 and a half minutes! I sped it up a bit for effect. I can’t wait … More Setting up our Oru Kayaks