I recently heard about ESRI StoryMaps for the first time from my brother who just started a job working there. They’re a great, free online platform for using maps, pictures, and videos to tell a compelling story. I think they make for a great science communication tool. Ross and I put together a StoryMap about … More StoryMap science communication
In other exciting news this week, after a thorough re-survey of Redonda the conservation organizations have determined that Redonda is officially rat and goat free. This is terrific news because even a small pocket of rats that were missed in last year’s eradication could quickly explode into a huge population, negating all of the conservation … More Redonda is officially rat free!
Nature put together a terrific video explaining the findings of the Nature paper yesterday. I want to spread it far and wide: If you look closely, you’ll see that the video was produced by the extremely talented Jackie Turner who was actually one of the undergrads that came to Mpala with me almost 10 years … More A great video explaining the Nature Paper
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
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 … More Hurricane-induced selection on the morphology of an island lizard
Alright, yesterday’s pictures were a bit gross, I apologize. Today’s will be a little nicer. Here’s just a quick photo dump and some captions of a few more scenes around the island, plus lizards! Here’s the helicopter coming in for a landing. Notice all the beautiful grass! Here’s a male on a perch checking out … More Some prettier pictures from Redonda
I’ve been looking back at pictures from Redonda to get some inspiration for writing up a short “one year later” natural history manuscript and I’ve come across some pictures and video I haven’t shared yet. I’m going to queue up a few for fun. First, is the answer to a riddle the lizards had given … More Crudo a la Redonda
After we got off Redonda (and had had a day to scrub up and do some laundry) Geoff and I were asked to give a live TV interview for Antigua and Barbuda Today! The Redonda Restoration Program (like them on FB if you can!) and a Fulbright Fellow named Andrew Maurer working in Antigua this … More We were live on national TV!
Revisiting Redonda one year after the goats were helicoptered off and the vermin e-rat-icated was every bit as exciting and gratifying as I could have hoped last year. I’d guessed we might see some grasses fighting their way up through the dust and rocks, maybe a few extra lizards happy to not have to watch … More Revisiting Redonda
The trip to Redonda was a huge success and even more importantly, the restoration project is going tremendously well! Last year, Redonda was dusty and dry, overrun with goats and rats that were mowing through the vegetation and hurting the islands’ unique mix of plants and animals, including three endemic lizards. This year, the island … More We’re back from Redonda!