Greek Island Experiment

A long-term experiment tracking the evolution of small-island lizards in the Greek Cyclade Islands.

During the summer of 2014, colleagues and I introduced 20 Podarcis erhardii from the large island of Naxos to five islets around Paros, in the Cyclades. This experiment mimics the natural movement of species between islands and will give new insight into the evolution of the “small-island morphotype” or this species. We will continue to track these populations every year, gaining unparalleled insight into evolution of Mediterranean lizards. This work was supported by a National Geographic Waitt Grant and generous donations from 65 supporters in an crowdfunding campaign.

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