A critical component of this study is being able to keep track of who is who, every single year. There are a lot of tried and true methods for doing so, including the low-tech of removing the last joint of different combinations of toes. There’s the mid-tech: injecting multi-colored liquid plastic that congeals just under the skin to give … More PIT Tagging Lizards
I mentioned a couple of posts ago that a paper a friend and I wrote had just been published. I’ve tried to distill the message down to four paragraphs and I’m anxious to spark some conversations about the potential for ecology and evolutionary studies in cities. Comment below or send me an email and let’s … More Adaptive evolution in urban ecosystems
The end of field work is always about tying up loose ends, trying to get a few more samples, and wrapping up experiments in hopes that you’ll finish with enough data to keep you occupied for the many months back home. For me it meant grabbing more lizards from a few islands to try to … More Sprinting through Amorgos
Hi Everyone, Just a quick update to let you know I’m alive and well. Sorry for the long delay since last posting. I’ve quite literally been flat out every single day. Last week Tuesday thru Friday I was up and in the field at or before 6:00 am. I’m a herpetologist! We’re supposed to get … More Trap Collecting!
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
I don’t even quite know where to begin telling you about yesterday’s epic field expedition. This was the reason I delayed my trip to Italy and wanted to stay in Greece a few extra days and I was not disappointed. These posts are getting a bit long and I have to run and do some … More 8 islands, 14 hours, and 36 lizards