Claire’s back in Paris so I’ve mostly spent this week entering data, finalizing one manuscript (more on that very soon), and submitting another. It’s been busy, but not pretty. I did get out into the field for a bit though to catch some last lizards for a project with Kinsey and snapped some shots. Here … More Some recent photos from the field
Hi Everyone! Exciting News! Jim Dwyer at the NYTimes just published a terrific article about the Italian Wall Lizards working their way north from NYC. You can read the article here.
I just returned from another trip down to Greenwich looking for Italian Wall Lizards. They’re still there and going strong! Right now we’re trying to find new populations and figure out just how far up the coast they’ve made it. As near as we can tell, so far, their northernmost extent seems to be right around the … More Another search for Greenwich Lizards
Well, it was a bit of a surprise to me! This spring has flown by between my dissertation defense and post-doc hunting; trips to California, Minnesota, New York, and Maine; and now the start of a very quick field season in Greece to revisit the introduction islands for the next week and a half. After … More Surprise, I’m back in Greece!
Spotting these anoles in the field was one of the harder challenges of the field work in the Bahamas. They can be exceptionally well camouflaged against the right background and unlike Podarcis, they didn’t really do a lot of running until you were really close to them. Here are a few examples: The trick is to … More Masters of Camouflage
So I ended my last post in the description of the set up for the island introduction experiment at picking the islands based on google earth images. That obviously wasn’t enough, the next step was to get out there on the ground, assess the flora and fauna (most importantly to make sure that there weren’t already … More The initial island survey
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)
The other day I went on a terrific day trip to two remote, uninhabited islands off of the east coast of Naxos. They’re collectively 2 of 3 islands that form the Makares cluster. In days of yore, they were rumored to be the back door to Hades. I’m still trying to track down more information … More Makares
As I alluded to in my last post, I went out with the fisherman the next morning to help him pull in nets. It turns out he and his hired hand had the work well in order, but I still got to take some cool pictures and get an inside look at fishing in Greece. … More Fishing off Amorgos