We have a new paper out today from the Greek Island system! As readers know, we’ve been tracking the Aegean Wall lizards introduced to the Greek experimental islets back in 2014. The experimental islets are predator-free, and so the lizard populations have really taken off. With this increase in lizard numbers, we’ve been finding signs … More Rapid and repeated shifts in chemical signals in Greece
The last of the five experimental introduction islands is Kambana. Again, situated between Paros and Antiparos (just like Petalida). It’s been our biggest producer in terms of lizards, consistently having the largest population ever since 2015. I hope you’ve enjoyed the “Meet the islands” series. I’ll squish all five videos into one and post it … More Meet the islands: Kambana
Here’s the island of Petalida, one of the two islets we’re working on in the stretch of sea between Paros and Antiparos. It’s one of our favorite islands for catching lizards because it’s covered by a plush carpet of short, soft plants. Enjoy the video! Next up is the final island – Kambana.
Agios Artemios is the final island in the bay of Naoussa and a real challenge. Take a look at the footage and keep a weather eye on the divebombing seagulls! Note: I’ve switched from hosting my videos on Vimeo to YouTube so let me know if they still work for you. Vimeo seems “slicker” but … More Meet the islands: Agios Artemios
Mavronisi is one of the more daunting islands for lizards and people alike. It’s got two vegetation patches – “north lobe” and “south lobe” – and north was only colonized last year after what must have been a long, hot, dry, scramble for some lizard Magellan. Enjoy the video!
I want to share a better view of the islands we’ve been working on in Greece. I’ve started putting together a series of five videos, “Meet the islands,” that profiles each of the islets we introduced lizards to back in 2014. You’ll see, the islands each have their own character but are also unified in … More Meet the islands: Galiatsos
I’m trying something a bit different this year: I bought a special cord that lets me enter a measurement directly from my calipers into my data spreadsheet. I’m hoping it’s going to save time ultimately (though I’m still recording everything on paper for backup). Because of the way the input is set up, it’s easier … More Column QC
It was a breakneck two weeks of sampling, but we’ve caught, measured, and released all the lizards in the island experiment! The 2018 census is in the books. Or at least, on a huge stack of data sheets waiting to be typed into my computer. The lizards are doing great! All of the populations are … More The lizards are in the books!
We’ve just finished the first week of the 2018 introduction island survey and the lizard populations are doing well! Week 1 was focused on the islands to the north of Paros in the Bay of Naoussa: Galiatsos, Mavronissi, and Agios Artemios. The population densities on Mavronissi and Agios Artemios have remained about constant since last … More One week into lizard surveying
We’re in Greece and heading out to check on the introduction island lizards starting on Monday. Last year we found 355 lizards and this year, trying to make sure I bring enough supplies, I’ve been polling friends to guess just how many we’re liable to find. Well, all the vials are packed, and I’m not … More Guess the number of lizards