Conserving urban biodiversity needs an evolutionary mindset

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

Behind the paper: Hurricane-induced selection on the morphology of an island lizard

This is a re-post of an entry I wrote on the Nature Ecology and Evolution blog. Serendipity in science is often celebrated as the lightning flash of insight from a chance event – Newton’s apple encounter or Fleming’s moldy petri dishes. Our recent paper, Hurricane-induced selection on the morphology of an island lizard, resulted from … More Behind the paper: Hurricane-induced selection on the morphology of an island lizard

Hurricane-induced selection on the morphology of an island lizard

I’ve been sitting on this story for months and I’m excited to finally be able to share it. Remember that work we did in Turks and Caicos last fall? Well, we found something pretty remarkable: the hurricanes caused big shifts in the lizard populations living on both Pine Cay and Water Cay that may have … More Hurricane-induced selection on the morphology of an island lizard