I’ve been looking back at pictures from Redonda to get some inspiration for writing up a short “one year later” natural history manuscript and I’ve come across some pictures and video I haven’t shared yet. I’m going to queue up a few for fun. First, is the answer to a riddle the lizards had given … More Crudo a la Redonda
This Fall, one of my big data-driven dissertation chapters was published in Functional Ecology. The paper is called “Feed or Fight: Testing the impact of food availability and intraspecific aggression on the functional ecology of an island lizard.” Long story short: we found that lizards on small islands were larger than lizards on big islands. … More Lizards on small islands bite harder than lizards on big islands… and why!
There isn’t a whole lot of fancy equipment necessary for my research (more’s the pity!). Last year I posted a description of the bite force meter I’ve been using. This year it’s back in action. You can see it here and click the link to read a bit more about how it works.The components have been “exploded” a … More Tools of the trade
There’s a whole lot of valuable information to be learned from a lizard’s diet – whether it’s a picky eater or a generalist, whether it’s eating pests, or plants, or even other lizards. The list goes on and on. So much of a lizard’s role in an ecosystem is wrapped up in who it eats, … More Stomach flushing lizards