Islands from Zas

Mt. Zas is the tallest mountain on Naxos, and the highest point in the Cyclades. On a clear day you’re supposed to be able to see over two dozen surrounding islands. Well, last week we finally got that clear day. Even luckier, my brother was along with his camera and he snapped these awesome pictures. First … More Islands from Zas

Old Maps

Sorry for the delay in posts. I was working through the data from the island manipulation experiment to share with you, but analysis started getting complicated and then I got busy getting engaged. Hurrah! I’m in the last field research push though so I’m going to try to post several updates over the next two weeks while I’m still in Greece. The first … More Old Maps

PIT Tagging Lizards

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

Working on the islands

So the primary goal this year was to walk the islands and catch as many of the remaining lizards as possible. With a complete census of the population, we can start getting awesome data on natural selection’s “filters” dictating survival of the fittest. Even better, by taking careful measurements of the survivors we can figure out … More Working on the islands

The islands revisited

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

Still in Athens

Well, I’d hoped to be in Naxos by now, but I’m still in Athens. In an attempt to save myself a bit of luggage hauling, I decided to ship some research supplies ahead to the University here. Unfortunately, the attempted delivery was just before 6 pm on a Friday. Big surprise, no one was in the … More Still in Athens