One of our first goals on Redonda was to get a good sense for the density of lizards on the island. This is one of the key metrics that has changed following rat eradications elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles. To do that we used a few different methods, we’re hoping that each will give us a slightly different … More Walking around Redonda
Initially I thought getting to Redonda was going to be a challenge, but the helicopter made that aspect of the trip a delightful adventure. Living on Redonda for a week, though—that was tough. In retrospect, I’d say the challenge was simultaneously harder than anticipated but more comfortable than I’d feared. Here’s a panorama of our camp: There … More Living on Redonda
If you’re curious who I’ll be working with in Redonda, check out this video about FFI’s conservation efforts in Antigua. Dr. Jenny Daltry is the leader of the Redonda restoration effort and the one who initially contacted us about the lizard research, so I’ve been working closely with her to coordinate plans. FFI has been working in the … More A great video about FFI conservation in Antigua
I’m very excited to get some new tech out into the field asap! The Losos lab has decided to get a bird’s eye view of lizard habitat so we’ve just brought home this beautiful DJI Mavic Pro. It’s a little hard to tell from the photo but the drone folds up to be approximately the size … More The Losos lab is taking to the sky
Here’s a blast from the past. Back in 2013 while at SNRE a friend and I made a video for a class on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Another of my professors recently emailed asking about it and I dug it out of YouTube mothballs. At least, I thought it’d been collecting dust, it turns out in … More What does biodiversity do for us?
Yesterday’s post was a bit of teaser for the setup of the high-speed video. Now let’s see a couple of examples! (For full effect, I’d recommend playing this on full volume in the background. Rest assured, once we have a highlight reel of lizard runs we’ll definitely be creating a montage of our own) There’s all … More And some high-speed videos
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!