So I gave you the end of the story first with that last post. Now that we have the local permissions and federal permits in hand, and the experiment started, I want to tell you a bit about what all went into deciding just how to set up this experiment. It was a long process! This’ll take … More So how’d you pick the islands?
Whenever we’re hiking around on one of the big islands we’re always on the lookout for snakes. Some, because Vipera ammodytes is venomous, but for the most part, snakes on these islands are really interesting and a little uncommon. Any day that includes a snake in the field is a good day. I say big … More Natrix natrix
Things are a bit too busy here right now to do much posting, but I know everyone likes pictures, so I’ll have to let them speak for us. We’re getting lots of work done, data is starting to pile up, and we’re seeing lots of cool stuff. Kat’s been best about taking people pictures so let … More Pictures of People Doing Things (Part 1)
Hi Everyone, As promised, here’s a quick tour of our living quarters courtesy of Kat, Angus, and Zach. They took some artistic license with my request for a quick video tour through the house… hope you enjoy! All credit goes to the three of them, and before you give me a hard time about giving … More Introducing the Castle!
This year I’ve been lucky enough to bring three Yale undergraduates along with me to Greece. They’ve been here for almost a week and are settling in admirably! They’re going to be a huge part of this summer, and a major ingredient for its success, so I want to give them a full introduction. You’ll … More Introducing the team!
One of the big goals for this summer’s research is to initiate a long-term island-manipulation experiment on small islets near Naxos and Paros. The logistics and permitting for the experiment have been far more difficult than I’d anticipated, but while I am working with collaborators and government officials to finalize the plans, the first priority was determining whether the dozen islands I’d … More Visiting the Paros Islets
After enjoying the Kouros and the excitement of the big May day barbecue, we piled back into the Symenoglous’ car and headed off to an extremely small village nearby to celebrate much more quietly with their extended family. These’s no parking in this village, in fact there isn’t even a road, it’s only accessible by … More Happy May day! (part 2)
The first of May is a big holiday in Greece and just about everything (except my trusty café) is closed to celebrate. I was planning on spending today working on protocols, catching up on emails, and doing some bookkeeping. In the middle of the morning though Mrs. Symenoglou called and invited Johannes and I to … More Happy May day! (part 1)
I made it to Naxos, and boy is it good to be back! Johannes and I were heavily loaded with three kayaks between us, and more bags than hands, but we collapsed into a hotel room without incident after a slow walk around the harbor. Very little has changed on Naxos and it feels great to … More Getting settled in Naxos
There are lots of ways to catch a lizard. The low-tech solution of course is the old ‘lift a rock and smash your hand down on anything that moves’ method. I tend to prefer more delicate techniques though, particularly in deference to the vipers that also make their homes under these rocks. So if it’s … More Fishing for lizards