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
In just a few hours I’ll be aboard a plane heading to Europe and I feel like I’m only now getting my head around this field season. This semester has been a blur of manuscript writing, committee meeting stressing, research planning, and dissertation drafting. To add to the mix, I’m moving to Boston next year … More Suddenly field season!
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
A few posts ago I talked about the tough time I was having taking a picture of the undersides of these little lizards. Well, I have a new solution that seems to be working great! Credit goes to Dr. Herrel in Paris. My printer has a built in flat-bed scanner. Lizard, scanner – put the two together, … More Scanning lizards
So I gave you the end of the story first with that last post. Now that we have the local permissions and federal permits in hand, and the experiment started, I want to tell you a bit about what all went into deciding just how to set up this experiment. It was a long process! This’ll take … More So how’d you pick the islands?
WordPress just sent me some fun blog stats and I thought I’d share a few here with you. Reading them has made me pretty excited about keeping this blog going in preparation for next summer’s field season, so thank you for reading and let me know in the comments what you like or want more … More 2013 Year In Review
I can hardly believe how quickly time has flown by. I’m now three days away from departing for Greece for the summer! My lists are starting to get shorter, and soon I hope to start checking things off for good soon. Most of the logistical preparations are made though, so here’s a quick summary of … More Logistics!
I’m sorry this update is so late in coming. I’ve had a busy last few days in Rome and just didn’t carve out the time to peck out updates on my phone. I’m in Greece now (more on that soon!) and have a bit of time to do some backfilling! I arrived in Rome in … More Rome
So as my last post suggested, I spent my first day in Italy first in Bari, where my boat landed and then headed north towards Gargano national park. I spent the night at a campground just outside of the park in a small town called Mattinata. That first evening I spent some time in town … More Problems
I arrived in Kouphonissia early Tuesday morning, well before Johannes arrived on the island, so I decided to take a quick excursion to a nearby island that had never been surveyed for reptiles. As, for this I was working for Johannes, I was given permits to collect any reptiles I could find so we could … More Kouphonissia- field frustrations and redemption