Lizards on small islands bite harder than lizards on big islands… and why!

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!

Tools of the trade

There isn’t a whole lot of fancy equipment necessary for my research (more’s the pity!). Last year I posted a description of the bite force meter I’ve been using. This year it’s back in action. You can see it here and click the link to read a bit more about how it works.The components have been “exploded” a … More Tools of the trade

The Bite Force Meter

Y’all have been asking for details on the bite force meter I’ve been alluding too. Here are a few pictures to illustrate what I’ve been talking about. The meter was borrowed from and built by Anthony Herrel, a collaborator in Paris. at its core are two metal plates to the left of the picture where … More The Bite Force Meter