This is a re-post of one that Max Lambert and I wrote for the blog “Life in the City: Evolution in an Urbanizing World.” — A variety of species – animals, plants, fungi, microbes – share our cities with us. Some we love, some we hate, and some we hardly notice. Some of these species … More Conserving urban biodiversity needs an evolutionary mindset
We have a new paper out today from the Greek Island system! As readers know, we’ve been tracking the Aegean Wall lizards introduced to the Greek experimental islets back in 2014. The experimental islets are predator-free, and so the lizard populations have really taken off. With this increase in lizard numbers, we’ve been finding signs … More Rapid and repeated shifts in chemical signals in Greece
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
The last of the five experimental introduction islands is Kambana. Again, situated between Paros and Antiparos (just like Petalida). It’s been our biggest producer in terms of lizards, consistently having the largest population ever since 2015. I hope you’ve enjoyed the “Meet the islands” series. I’ll squish all five videos into one and post it … More Meet the islands: Kambana
Agios Artemios is the final island in the bay of Naoussa and a real challenge. Take a look at the footage and keep a weather eye on the divebombing seagulls! Note: I’ve switched from hosting my videos on Vimeo to YouTube so let me know if they still work for you. Vimeo seems “slicker” but … More Meet the islands: Agios Artemios
It was a breakneck two weeks of sampling, but we’ve caught, measured, and released all the lizards in the island experiment! The 2018 census is in the books. Or at least, on a huge stack of data sheets waiting to be typed into my computer. The lizards are doing great! All of the populations are … More The lizards are in the books!
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